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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
  • 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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'It's' is the short form of 'It is' and 'its' is possessive.

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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

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