The machine lost its power. The agency published its decision in the newspaper.Please note the difference in forming the possessive of the pronoun it. We simply add ‑s. We do not add “apostrophe -s” as we do when forming the possessives of nouns. Thus, it is incorrect (and a gross grammatical error) to use it’s as the possessive form of it.
The machine lost it’s power. The agency published it’s decision in the newspaper.It’s vs. Its - Right
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It’s a shame you can’t join us for dinner. (It is a shame . . . .)There isn’t a neat trick that will help you remember to remove the apostrophe from it’s when you mean the possessive its. You can try to remember that none of the personal pronouns forms its possessive with the “apostrophe -s”:
It’s worth the price of admission. (It is worth the price . . . .)
It’s raining outside. (It is raining . . . .)
he . . . his/his she . . . her/hers they . . . their/theirs it . . . its/itsYou can try to remember that some of the indefinite pronouns do form their possessives with “apostrophe –s”:
anyone . . . anyone’s anybody . . . anybody’s everyone . . . everyone’s everybody . . . everybody’s (and others)Personal Pronouns and the Apostrophe
Not a single personal pronoun has an apostrophe in it.Only in contractions will the apostrophe show up at all with any of the personal pronouns:
He’s coming to dinner. She’s the CEO of the company. Next week, they’re taking some time off. It’s going to be a wonderful day.