‘Its’ and ‘it’s’ are often mistakenly used in written English. Refer to the article on contractions: ‘it’s’ is a contraction for the words ‘it is’. On the other hand, ‘its’ is a possessive noun.

The following examples will make the usage clear.



It’s quite hot today.

The dog is wagging its tail.

It’s going to be a long day.

The baby is sleeping in its cot.

Please go back to class immediately. It’s not right to skip classes.

The table is useless now. Its legs are broken.