I'm no Einstein

What is the difference between its and it’s

by Roman on May 20, 2008

One of the reasons I started this blog was to write about everything that can make us more successful and more money.

It’s been 9 days since I started this blog. During these 9 days I have written 22 articles and have learned that…

I have absolutely no idea what’s the difference between its and it’s

I am a bit ashamed to admit it but I really have no idea when to use “its” and when to use “it’s”. The good news is that thanks to WordPress’s spell check I now know that I truly had no idea.

I first discovered my inability a few days ago when I was writing a post about the fact that absolutely anyone can make money. After writing that post I have probably had to choose at least 10 times between its and it’s.

Now, you can think I’m stupid, but considering the fact that English is not my first language I think I’m doing pretty fine. My first language is Estonian and in addition to English I can also speak Russian and a bit of German. :twisted: Being multilingual is a benefit you get from living in a small country.

All that aside I had just discovered that during most of my life I have probably misused the words its and it’s. Growing more and more unhappy I finally Googled when to use its and it’s. Although I was beginning to think that I’m not the smartest guy out there and in no way has someone written an article as basic as where to use its and where to use it’s, but to my delight I was mistaken.

According to Wikihow here is the secret:

When you can substitute “its” or “it’s” for “it is” or “it has” then the correct form is “it’s”

Example: It’s a great blog I’m reading right now

When you can substitute “its” or “it’s” with “his” or “her” and it makes sense, then you should use “its”

Example: A table is a lifeless object, but if it could read its favorite thing to read would be this blog. :twisted:

Not knowing how to write proper English can cost you a lot of money!

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Adam Primero May 21, 2008 at 11:09 am

Nice one Roman, I have that problem all the time. I started to not care. If your counting typos your probably at the wrong site.
Hey Roman, there is no link or contact info for you. How do I get in touch?

Roman May 21, 2008 at 5:56 pm

There really isn’t a contact page yet, but It’s in my “to do” list.
You can drop me an email at roman [attt] financialjesus.com

Roman May 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm

By the way – how much time do you spend on your blog every day? I mean both writing content for yourself and reading other blogs?

Adam Primero May 22, 2008 at 10:19 am

Dude… I would rather not think about it.
Some days I just read an hour or two, more If I am looking for something. I write pretty quick. It usually takes a half hour or so. Then another 30 to post it in all the places. I cant figure out the scribe fire yet. I get spurts were I can write it all in one shot, others it’s 2 or 3 times. Hey I gave you a plug on my site. Did you catch it? Also A link. I’m putting together something on facebook right now, it is killing my time. Check me out. Same user name.

Leonida July 23, 2009 at 1:15 am

Hi! I am fascinated by your blogs. Would you mind if I’ll ask how old are you?

You are interesting man.

Roman July 23, 2009 at 2:28 am

Im glad to hear that you like my blog!
I’m 25!

MoneyEnergy May 25, 2008 at 9:57 pm

I can tell you the difference between “its” and “it’s.”

It’s actually quite simple:)

“It’s” is an abbreviation. It’s a short form for saying “it is.” Whenever you think in your head “it is a nice day” or “it is a girl” you can also say “it’s a nice day.”

But “its” is much more specific and should not be used as often. “Its” is a completely different word, it is not an abbreviation. It is a possessive pronoun. Example:

The dog chased its tail. (it chased ITS OWN tail)
Maria put on her hat. (“its” has the same use).

Wow, I never thought I’d give an English lesson on a PF blog, but I couldn’t help…:) it’s ok, it’s fun!:) … but I definitely don’t think you’re stupid. In fact I’m envious of Europeans and their multilingualism. Moi, je peux seulement parler francais et wenig deutsche.

Sorry- didn’t see the part of your post where you put in the Wikihow excerpt:)

Roman May 26, 2008 at 2:26 am

You lost me at the possessive pronoun part! :lol:

Profoundtigger July 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I’d thought i was the only one who was having trouble with this as well. Guess i wasn’t the only one!

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