How many times have you made the mistake of using the words ‘’its’ and ‘it’s’ wrongly? Do you still get confused with the correct usage? Don’t fret! In this quiz, we will try to make you an expert!
Remember that ‘it’s’ is the contracted form of ‘it is’ or ‘it has’. The apostrophe (') represents the missing letters. 'It’ is a pronoun and ‘is’ and ‘has’ are verbs. For example:
‘It is hard to tell the difference between an extra cover drive and a cover drive’ can also be written as:
‘It’s hard to tell the difference between an extra cover drive and a cover drive’.
If you had used ‘its’ in the above example, then it would have been wrong. ‘Its’ is the possessive form of ‘it’ and also a pronoun. ‘Its’ is the same irrespective of the gender because it is normally used to describe inanimate objects or animals. For example:
"The lioness looks after ITS cubs very well."
"The elephant is a huge animal and ITS legs are as big as a tree trunk!"
"The table is an odd one as ITS legs are shaped differently."
The next time you get confused try a simple test of using ‘it is’ or ‘it has’ in place of ‘its’ or ‘it’s’ and if the sentence still makes sense then ‘it’s’ would be correct. If it does not make sense then ‘its’ would be correct. Another simple test to try is to replace the ‘its’ with ‘her’ or ‘his’. If the replaced words fit into the sentence and makes sense then it is likely that you should use "its." Yet another quick test is to look for possession. Does the word describe something which belongs to 'it'? If so then ‘its’ would be correct, but if not then use 'it's' instead.
Play this quiz and see if you know when to use 'it's' and 'its'.