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Its and it’s


First tip:

So what’s the difference between its and it’s. Don’t rely on a British person to get it right, because they frequently get it wrong.

It’s = it is
Its = possessive e.g. The cat is sitting in its basket – the basket that belongs to the cat.

The American way

There is a lot of confusion for British people about spelling the English English way and the American English way.

Here are some examples:

practice and licence, nouns spelt in English English with a ‘c’
(In American they are practise and license)

In English:

to practise and to license verbs are both spelt with an ‘s’ (which is the same in American)

Some other examples:
colour (English): color (American)
honour (English): honor (American)
specialisation (English): specialization (American)