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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
its /ɪts/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. PronounsThis word is the possessive form of it, and is used to show possession by something that was referred to earlier:The book has lost its jacket.

it's /ɪts/USA pronunciation   contraction. 
    • a shortened form of it is:It's starting to rain.
    • a shortened form of it has:It's been a long time since we saw each other.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
its  (its),USA pronunciation pron. 
  1. Pronounsthe possessive form of  it (used as an attributive adjective):The book has lost its jacket. I'm sorry about its being so late.
  • earlier it's, equivalent. to it1 + -'s1 1590–1600
    While it is possible to use its as a predicate adjective (The cat is angry because the bowl you're eating out of is its!) or as a pronoun meaning "that or those belonging to it'' (Your notebook pages are torn. Borrow my notebook--its aren't), such use is rare and in most circumstances strained. See also  me. 

it's  (its),USA pronunciation 
  • contraction of it is: It's starting to rain.
  • contraction of it has: It's been a long time.
    • See  contraction. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    its /ɪts/ determiner
    1. of, belonging to, or associated in some way with it: its left rear wheel
    2. (as pronoun): each town claims its is the best

    it's /ɪts/ contraction of
    1. it is or it has
    One of the commonest mistakes made in written English is the confusion of its and it's. You can see examples of this every day in books, magazines, and newspapers: its good for us; a smart case with it's own mirror, and even Cheng, and its' subsidiaries. Its refers to something belonging to or relating to a thing that has already been mentioned: the baby threw its rattle out of the pram. It's is a shortened way of saying it is or it has (the apostrophe indicates that a letter has been omitted: it's a lovely day; it's been a great weekend.


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