|'Its' and 'one's'|
Kah Choon from Malaysia writes:
When referring to the possessive, I didn't know that its and one's are spelt in a different way, its without the apostrophe and one's with the apostrophe. Please explain more.
Its is a possessive like my, your, his, her, our and their and you are quite right, it is very important not to insert an apostrophe when using it in this way.
is the neutral equivalent of his and her. Study the
It is important not to confuse its with it's.
It's is the contracted form of it is or it has and usage is, of course, completely different. Study the following four examples.
See if you can work out in which of them it's is the contracted
form of it is and in which of them it's is the contracted
form of it has.
(It's only in the fourth example above that it's is the contracted form of it has.)
One's is also a possessive determiner like your and is used to talk about people in general.
is more formal than your. Compare the following:
that one and you are similarly formal/informal:
Finally note that one and ones (this time without the apostrophe) are sometimes used as substitute words, i.e. we use them rather than repeating countable nouns.
this aspect, one's is also possible when it is the contracted
form of one is. Study the following: