The difference between it's and its

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Tell me, what's the difference between it's and its.

By Mr. Sunil, New York - 20th March-2007.

I bet there is. There is a big difference between the two.
It's is a contraction of it is or it has. For example instead of writing It is raining, you can write, It's raining.

And instead of saying
It has been raining since yesterday, I can say, It's been raining since yesterday.

Here are few examples.

• It’s not mine.

• It’s been here for the last ten years.

• It’s presence is badly required by all.

Its, on the other hand, indicates possession. It is normally used to indicate that something belongs or relates to a place or thing. The cat is licking its paws. In this example, you cannot use it's.

Here are few examples.

• The baby is looking for its mother.

• The dog tripped over its own feet.

• The train is on its track.

• Our University celebrates its annual day next week.

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