by Kitty Nash
"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.
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- Click the term that correctly completes each sentence.
- The airplane started (its) (it's) engines.
- Are you going to change (its) (it's) color?
- (Its) (It's) a technology that will change the world.
- Has the company changed (its) (it's) logo?
- (Its) (It's) been on my mind for days.
- Will a leopard change (its) (it's) spots?
- (Its) (It's) the question on everyone's lips.
- This can of pop has lost (its) (it's) flavor.
- (Its) (It's) gone on way too long.
- (Its) (It's) been a wonderful experience.