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|Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.|
Probably by analogy with possessives ending in 's. There is no apostrophe, by analogy with his/hers/yours/etc. and to distinguish the pronoun from the contraction it's. Note that the corresponding Old English and Middle English genitive form is his.
- Possessive form of it.
- This jar has a lid; this is its lid.
- Belonging to it (used as a possessive adjective).
- The team on this side of the field and that one over there each has a Captain. I am this one's, you are its.
- Its is the possessive form of it: its therefore does not require an apostrophe to indicate possession as it is already a possessive term, similar to his and hers.
- It's is a contraction of "it is" or "it has."
- "It's going to rain" is equivalent to "it is going to rain."
- Its can function as a possessive pronoun and a possessive adjective. Its form is the same when used in either case.
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