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Etymology

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.

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Pronoun

its

  1. Possessive form of it.
    This jar has a lid; this is its lid.

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Adjective

its

  1. 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.

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Usage notes

  • 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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