“It’s” vs. “Its”

Do you ever trip over “it’s” versus “its” in English?
The difference is simple to explain. “It’s” with an apostrophe is a contraction for “it is” or “it has,” as in “It’s good to see you,” or “It’s been a long time.” “Its” without an apostrophe is the possessive form of “it.” That’s why for a book, we write about “its plot;” or for a tomato, we write about “its flavour.”  

But there’s no doubt it can be hard to remember which is which. After all, we are naturally predisposed to use an apostrophe to show the possessive form as in “a book’s plot” or “a tomato’s flavour.”
 
One way to remember that “its” without an apostrophe is the possessive form is to think about the other possessive pronouns:
my      your      his      her      our    their
None of these has an apostrophe, so “its” fits right in. In fact, a good test to ensure you are using the correct form is to try substituting “his” or “her” when you have to choose between “it’s” and “its.” If either of those two pronouns works, then you don’t need an apostrophe.  
Now test yourself quickly on the following sentences. Don’t give yourself time to think, just pick either “it’s” or “its” instinctively. Then go back and check.
It’s / its about time.
I enjoyed the movie because it’s / its based on fact.
It’s / its always sunny above the clouds.
The rose has finally lost all it’s / its petals.
Lisbon is famous for it’s /  its nightlife.
The game is tied so it’s / its going to go into overtime.
The remote works much better since you’ve replaced it’s / its batteries.
The success of any invention idea depends a great deal on  it’s / its timing.
Your request will be dealt with according to the date of it’s / its submission.
I waited to open the curtains because it’s / its been so hot out.
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It’s:    1. 2. 3. 6. 10.
Its:     4.  5. 7. 8. 9.

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