Its or It’s?

I have this little reminder posted by my computer:

Its is the possessive pronoun; it modifies a noun.

It’s is a contraction of it is or it has.

Incorrect:  The mother cat carried it’s kitten in it’s mouth. (possessive pronoun, no apostrophe needed)

Correct:  The mother cat carried its kitten in its mouth.

Correct:  I think it’s going to rain today. (Contraction of it is)

Correct:  It’s been a very long time. (Contraction of it has)

Sometimes I still get its and it’s wrong.   I think it’s because of the usage of other words that show possession or ownership.  In those cases where adding an ‘s shows ownership, I like to think of that particular word’s apostrophe mark as a little hand scoop – kind of like the ‘s is inviting you, too, into its possession.

As a writer, when I use its or it’s improperly they can be ineffective and unproductive, especially if I fail to show possession by incorrectly using ‘s.

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:8   Read the beginning of 2 Peter to find out what lack of qualities can make you ineffective and unproductive Christians.


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Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 17 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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