Posted by: helpforyourenglish | February 20, 2011

its and it’s – what’s the difference?

If you don’t understand the difference between its and it’s, I hope this helps you.

Its

Its is a possessive adjective; a word like my, your, her, his, our and their.

Don’t judge a man by the colour of his skin. Don’t judge a woman by her looks. Don’t judge a book by its cover

Examples:

Don’t judge a book by its cover. (the cover of the book)

How often does a snake shed its skin? (How often does the skin of a snake come off?)

Tel Aviv airport shuts its doors due to strikes. (The doors of Tel Aviv airport were shut because of strikes)

Belfast City Airport opened its doors to engineers of the future  (The doors of Belfast City airport were opened to engineers of the future.)

It’s

It’s = it is..or  it has

It’s going to rain = It is going to rain.

It’s Sunday today = It is Sunday today.

It’s a hot day today = It is a hot day today.

It’s been hot recently = It has been hot recently.

It’s begun = It has begun.

Examples from real life:

http://www.blurtit.com/q889964.html How often does a snake shed its skin?

http://www.phantis.com/news/will-balancing-its-books-unbalance-greece

http://www.belfastcityairport.com/About-Us/News/BELFAST-CITY-AIRPORT-OPENS-ITS-DOORS-TO-ENGINEERS-.aspx

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4754276 Iran says it’s begun producing missile boats

Rakim – It’s been a long time

“It’s been a long time..”
“It’s been a long time..”
“It’s been a long time..”
“It’s been a long time..”
“.. Rakim, the microphone soloist”

Follow procedures, the crowd couldn’t wait to see this
Nobody been this long awaited since Jesus
Who wouldn’t believe this – I heard the word on the street is
I’m still one of the deepest on the mic since Adidas
They said I changed the times from the rhymes that I thought of
So I made some more to put the New World in Order
with Mathematics, put your status above the average
And help you rappers, make paragraphs with graphics
Cause new days is dawnin, new ways of peformin
Brainstormin, I write and watch the night turn to mornin
On and on and, I got the whole world respondin
Rock, I keep it hot and blow the spot without warnin
The Emperor, well known for, inventin a sentence
full of adventure, turnin up the temperature
Rush with adrenaline, how long has it been again
to be in the state of mind that Rakim is in?

“It’s been a long time..”
“It’s been a long time..”
“It’s been a long time..”
“It’s been a long time..”


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