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possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘turn the camera on its side’
    • ‘he chose the area for its atmosphere’
    • ‘She drove across the grass area, hit the road sign and the car turned over on to its side.’
    • ‘You could serve it as a side dish, on its own with a salad, or as part of buffet spread.’
    • ‘The bow is separated from the main body of the wreck and rests on its starboard side.’
    • ‘Living with it for a week in all sorts of conditions brought out its good and bad sides.’
    • ‘They appear to be of much more value to the area and its people than the paid officials.’
    • ‘If you want to look at what a treat you are in for, visit the site and its web camera.’
    • ‘It had toppled itself so far over to one side that it had pulled its roots out of the soil.’
    • ‘If the very last trick has no winner its cards go to the winner of the previous trick.’
    • ‘It now offers a new owner the chance to build upon its past and to reawaken it as a working estate.’
    • ‘Maybe it is like a moth to a flame, fascinated by its brightness but also blinded by it.’
    • ‘This is the most infuriating type of horror flick in that it and its cast are just so stupid.’
    • ‘Taylor is taking full advantage of the garden looking at its best at this time of year.’
    • ‘No other land sale in Scotland has relied on a charter of such antiquity for its sale.’
    • ‘The game had started off slowly and cautiously but it did not take long to find its tempo.’
    • ‘The label on the back suggests that to drink it at its best you should heat it up and add a slice of orange.’
    • ‘To me, a squeak or rattle is reason enough to sell a car, to him it's part of its charm.’
    • ‘The retreat will be the first of its kind in Britain, and only the second in the world.’
    • ‘A scan at the gantry and its array of various malts tells me this is a decent hostelry.’
    • ‘The council is to fund the lease by selling some of its other properties in the city.’
    • ‘Not the least of its achievements is the way it makes you look anew at the area it describes.’
    1. 1.1Belonging to or associated with a child or animal of unspecified sex.
      ‘a baby in its mother's womb’
      • ‘The ideal is for a lamb to have milk from its mother as soon as possible after birth.’
      • ‘Owner Jane Organ said it was tragic for the pup to be taken from its mother at such a young age.’
      • ‘She may be its mother but that does not give her the right to decide whether or not it lives or dies.’
      • ‘Rather than try to fend me off, like the crab, it attempts to hide further in its shell.’
      • ‘All they have to do is put a picture of the baby and copy of its birth certificate onto the site.’
      • ‘It was the sort of smile used by an animal when it realizes its prey is in its clawed grasp.’
      • ‘This was a tax paid to the lord of the manor when an animal had been sold by its owner.’
      • ‘She took it to a vet after being shocked by the sight of the abscess on the side of its body.’
      • ‘It is not that important to me to kill a good looking fish to determine its true identity.’
      • ‘The chicken must have missed its mommy and spotted her on the other side of the road.’
      • ‘The lice were the size of grains of rice, each with its own bite, each with its own itch.’
      • ‘The bear toppled out of the window and followed as fast as its stubby legs would allow.’
      • ‘If you just eat it, darling, then it can be with the rest of its friends in your tummy!’
      • ‘It had a little blood on its neck, so I guess it had been caught and abandoned by a cat.’
      • ‘It raises its head up above the parapet now and then and when it finds me it bites me hard and makes me cry.’
      • ‘In the dream he had just got a pet squirrel which his girlfriend told him to carry home by its tail.’
      • ‘Had my husband not been the man he is he would have left the dog to its own devices.’



/its/ /ɪts/


Its is the possessive form of it (the dog licked its paw), while it's is the contraction of it is (look, it's a dog licking its paw) or it has (it's been too long). The apostrophe in it's never denotes a possessive. The confusion is understandable, since other possessive forms (singular nouns) do take an apostrophe + s, as in the girl's bike or the president's smile