its or it


After working my way down another part of the document it looks like someone else has used it when I believe it should be its. The sentence explains a feature of our product and says it has wi-fi. But shouldn't it say its wi-fi? I thought that its was one of the American contractions for "it has". So the sentence would make more sense if it used to word its instead of it. Right? I'm still trying to gather up all the American contractions and phrases so I could be wrong. Does anyone know anything about its and it when describing something? Or can help with explaining the American contraction it has? Thanks!

it useage asked Aug 21 '13 at 03:48 Simon Huntington New member

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"Its" is the possessive form of it. When you use the contration "it's", it is a shortcut for saying "it is" or "it has". "It is two o'clock" becomes "It's two o'clock" or "It has been a long day" becomes "It's been a long day". The contraction is used less often for "it has", which requires another verb to create the perfect tense. 

The apostrophe is what distinguishes these two words in print, and their meanings are different.


If you use the phrase "its wi-fi?", you would be referring to the wi-fi that is owned by 'it'. "It's wi-fi" would be read as "it is wi-fi" because there is no other verb to use 'has' with.

link comment answered Aug 21 '13 at 14:46 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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