GCSE English

It's its!


As you may have learned elsewhere, possession is a funny old thing.

It's is a contraction of two words: it is. Its is possessive, like whose and his and hers.

Possessive its requires no apostrophe, and yet people get it wrong in too many places:


... AT IT'S VERY BEST means ... at it is very best!

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Advice and advise
Affect and effect
Bought and brought
Complement and compliment
Discreet and discrete
Hear and here
Its and it's
Lead and led
Less and fewer
Licence and license - new!
Loose and lose
  Plane and plain
Poor, pore and pour
Practice and practise
Principal and principle
Sort and sought
There, their and they're
Threw, through and thorough
To and too
Warn and Worn
Whose and who's
Your and you're

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