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  • Hey guys.

  • Look at this sentence.

  • And now look at that sentence.

  • One of them is wrong.

  • If you don't know which one is wrong, I suggest you keep watching.

  • Hello guys my name is Fanny and in this video I'm gonna talk to you about a major

  • spelling mistake in English.

  • Among students, but also, among native speakers.

  • It's a difference between 'it's' meaning 'it is'.

  • And 'its' being the possessive adjective.

  • Okay let's and take a few sentences and I'm sure you'll get it.

  • So we have 'It's a sunny day'.

  • In this case 'it's' is the verb 'to be'.

  • So it means 'It is a sunny day'.

  • If we take the second sentence:

  • 'The dog ate its food'.

  • This is not the verb 'to be'.

  • It's the possessive adjectives for an object or an animal.

  • So the food belongs to the dog. It is its food.

  • Okay so these are two different cases

  • but sometimes when we write, we confuse the two,

  • and we will write the dog ate it's food with apostrophe s.

  • you know getting confused between its possessive adjectives

  • and it's being the contraction of the verb 'to be'.

  • This is a very common mistake.

  • if we take for example the sentence:

  • 'Its my pen'.

  • Now look at the sentence.

  • What do you think?

  • Is this right? Or is this the wrong spelling?

  • Well it's wrong.

  • 'It's my pen' is the verb 'to be'.

  • Now the best tip that I can give you

  • if you get confused, try and say it with the full form.

  • Try and say 'It is'.

  • If it makes sense, then it's the contraction of the verb 'to be'

  • and it should be apostrophe 's'.

  • If it doesn't make sense, then it's probably the possessive adjective.

  • So for example, I can say, 'It is a sunny day'.

  • That makes sense.

  • Can I say the dog ate it is food?

  • No, I can't. that doesn't make any sense.

  • Okay if I say, 'It's my pen',

  • What do you think? Can I say 'It is my pen'?

  • I can.

  • So it's actually the contraction of the verb 'to be'.

  • So it should be 'it' + apostrophe 's' + my pen.

  • And just so you know one last thing.

  • Be careful because sometimes in some cases

  • 'it's' can also be the contraction of the verb 'to have' and not 'to be'.

  • If we take those two sentences:

  • It's been great to meet you.

  • It means - It has been great to meet you.

  • 'It's got four legs' means it has got four legs.

  • Okay so the verb in those cases is 'to have' so be careful.

  • Okay guys I hope you now understand the difference

  • between the contraction of the verb 'to be' and the possessive adjective 'its'.

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A2 possessive contraction pen apostrophe sentence sunny day

it's vs its | Common English Grammar Mistake

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    Summer posted on 2020/04/23
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