English grammar

Module 14, Troublesome Words 1, Lesson 3:

Its vs. It's, 'Tis

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English grammar

"Its" is the possessive of the pronoun "it." Note that there is no apostrophe. Example: Its appearance was misleading.

"It's" is a contraction meaning "it is." Example: It's a long way to Tipperary. "It's" can also be a contraction meaning "it has." Example: It's been a long day.

"'Tis" is also a contraction meaning "it is." Example: 'Tis seldom used in modern English.

Practice What You've Learned

English grammar
Directions:
Click to select the correct word usage in the following sentences.
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(Its) (It's) a long way home.
2.
Will the school suspend (its) (it's) students?
3.
The business will rely on (its) (it's) own resources.
4.
The airplane started (its) (it's) engines.
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(Its) (It's) going to be the storm of the century.
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The storm left (its) (it's) mark on the countryside.
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(Its) (It's) a difficult thing to do.
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(Its) (It's) my opinion as well.
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Are you going to change (its) (it's) color?
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What is listed on (its) (it's) equipment list?
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(Its) (It's) a technology that will change the world.
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Has the company changed (its) (it's) logo?
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(Its) (It's) been on my mind for days.
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Will a leopard change (its) (it's) spots?
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(Its) (It's) the question on everyone's lips.
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Does that animal species protect (its) (it's) own?
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The large bird spread (its) (it's) wings and soared above the trees.
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(Its) (It's) a time that will try men's souls.
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This can of pop has lost (its) (it's) flavor.
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(Its) (It's) never easy to admit that you are wrong.
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