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Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - ALTERNATIVE FORMS
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English - Alternative Forms

* it's (possessive form, obsolete or nonstandard)

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - ETYMOLOGY
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English - Etymology

Equivalent to _it_ +‎ _s_. From the earlier form _it's_ (_it_ +‎ _'s_), which is now considered nonstandard. Began to displace _his_ as the possessive of the neuter pronoun in the Middle English period; had fully displaced it by the 1700s.

Equivalent to it +‎ s. From the earlier form it's (it +‎ 's), which is now considered nonstandard. Began to displace his as the possessive of the neuter pronoun in the Middle English period; had fully displaced it by the 1700s.

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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English - Pronunciation

* IPA(key): /ɪts/ * Rhymes: -ɪts * Homophone: it's

  • IPA(key): /ɪts/
  • Rhymes: -ɪts
  • Homophone: it's

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - DETERMINER
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English - Determiner

ITS * Belonging to it. [from 16th c.] * 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, _Essays_, I.43: The manner wherewith our Lawes assay to moderate the foolish and vaine expences of table-cheare and apparell, seemeth contrarie to IT'S end. * 1751, G. Burnett, trans. Thomas More, _Utopia_: since I have been at the Pains to write it, if he consents to IT'S being published I will follow my Friend's Advice, and chiefly yours. * 1813, Jane Austen, _Pride and Prejudice_: They descended the hill, crossed the bridge, and drove to the door; and, while examining the nearer aspect of the house, all her apprehensions of meeting ITS owner returned. * 1989, Jasper Becker and John Gittings, _The Guardian_, 5 Jun 1989: The Chinese government is at war with ITS own people. TRANSLATIONS

its

  1. Belonging to it. [from 16th c.]

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Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - PRONOUN
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English - Pronoun

ITS * The one (or ones) belonging to it. [from 17th c.] * 1645, Philip Wharton, 4th Baron Wharton, Letter to Ferdinando Fairfax, 6 February 1645: [...] both Houses have resolved to rob the North of a good friend of ITS and yours. * 2007 — Ian Austen, "Canadian Court Opens Up eBay Data to Tax Agency", _New York Times_, October 1, 2007: EBay Canada argued in court that the data sought by tax collectors was [_sic_] not ITS to give. * 1917 — Charles Henry Taylor, _History of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago_ Vol.2 p.1259: ...the Board of Trade of Chicago can at least feel that it has played its part manfully and patriotically, and that no act of ITS has stood in the way of National victory. QUOTATIONS * For usage examples of this term, see the citations page. TRANSLATIONS USAGE NOTES * _Its_ is now distinguished from _it's_ (a contraction of "it is" or "it has"). For example, _IT'S going to rain_ is equivalent to _IT IS going to rain_, and _IT'S got three wheels_ is equivalent to _IT HAS three wheels._ * Like _it_, _its_ is usually avoided when referring to humans. _Its_ is commonly used with animals when the gender is unknown or unimportant. With humans, _person_ is used for a person whose gender is unknown or to describe something that could be possessed by either gender, _body_ or _corpse_ are often used to describe a dead person, and _figure_, _shape_, and _silhouette_ are often used to describe what someone sees as a person but can't see clearly enough to determine an identity or gender, e.g. _The FIGURE moved behind a bush, but Josh could see ITS shadow from the moonlight._ * _Rank among most common English words:_ #72 (Gutenburg)

its

  1. The one (or ones) belonging to it. [from 17th c.]

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Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - SEE ALSO
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English - See Also

* their

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - NOUN
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English - Noun

ITS * plural form of _it_

its

  1. plural form of it

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - ANAGRAMS
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English - Anagrams

* IST * sit * STI * 'tis, TIS

Was die in der KategorieENGLISH - REFERENCES
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English - References

* ^ “its” in Douglas Harper, _Online Etymology Dictionary_ (2001).

  1. ^ “its” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).


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