For a very long time now I've been using "it's" as the possessive form for "it". There have been some people that have said "its" is the possessive form, but I'm not sure if that's true. "It's" seems a lot more like a possessive.

Is "it's" or "its" the possessive form of "it"?

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    It’s definitely its. – Lawrence Jan 13 at 1:55
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    Yes. "Its" is possessive. – Greg Lee Jan 13 at 1:58
  • Please refer to one of the "related" questions listed on the right side. – Hot Licks Jan 13 at 2:58
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    Review your basic grammar, dude. Anyway, unless you were an etymologist, historically it was indeed it's, as in it + possessive marker 's, but now the only correct form is its. – Vun-Hugh Vaw Jan 13 at 5:57
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    @Vun-HughVaw It + genitive ending s, almost certainly (according to OED); but no mention of an apostrophe, akin to other possessive pronouns like his, hers, ours, theirs. Similarly hern, after mine, thine, yourn and the like. Pronouns have never had apostrophes, and it's possible that the possessive apostrophe came from forms like "The Lord of Salisbury his Pavan". – Andrew Leach Jan 14 at 23:56

'It's' is the short form of 'It is' and 'its' is possessive. Edit: Apparently it's is also contracted form of it has. now the answer is complete I guess.

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    Incomplete. It's is also the contracted form of it has as in "My car, it's seen better days" and "it's got a flat tyre" – Mari-Lou A Jan 13 at 6:30
  • I'm not a native english speaker but I have never seen anywhere it's used instead of it has. – Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad Jan 17 at 18:00
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    You've seen it, and heard it, you just didn't realise that it was a present perfect construction. It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working.... – Mari-Lou A Jan 17 at 19:05
  • yes I might have heard it but I just assumed that they were using it incorrectly...I never heard it from people that I expect to use correct grammer. – Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad Jan 22 at 1:18

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