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I know that "It's" is a contraction for "it is", but could it be a way of indicating possession?

 

"One of the most prevalent questions has to do with where our identity finds it's genesis."

 

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It's is a contraction for it is or it has.

Its is a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it.

And there is absolutely, positively, no such word as its'.

A simple test

 

If you can replace it[']s in your sentence with it is or it has, then your word is it's; otherwise, your word is its.

Another test

 

Its is the neuter version of his and her. Try plugging her into your sentence where you think its belongs. If the sentence still works grammatically (if not logically) then your word is indeed its.

Examples

 

It's been good to know you. Contraction: it has

It's a bird! It's a plane! Contraction: it is

The dodo bird is known for its inability to fly. Possessive pronoun: its inability = the dodo bird's inability

 

 

Next challenge for (some) SOL'ers is learning the dfiierence between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'.

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View PostNext challenge for (some) SOL'ers is learning the dfiierence between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'.

 

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It's is a contraction for it is or it has.

Its is a possessive pronoun meaning, more or less, of it or belonging to it.

And there is absolutely, positively, no such word as its'

 

I stand corrected. It is a singular pronoun. Its' would be the plural possessive form and thus cannot be.

 

I shouldn't post before my first cup of coffee. redface.gif

 

Joe

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View PostPossessive is its.....with no apostrophe.

 

Unless its the possessive of the plural its, although this is exceedingly rare since there is always a better descriptive term for multiples of an un-named entity than "its". However, in the case that the plural noun its is being used, the possessive form is in fact it's, per my public education anyway wink.gif

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