It’s or its?

Here is a drawing of my favourite tree. It’s a big, heathy, tree. Its leaves are green.

Can you tell me which numbers in the picture correspond with these words?

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It’s or its?

Let’s look again at these sentences:

It’s a heathy, big tree. Its leaves are green.

What do you notice? What type of word is after it’s and its?

The tree is a healthy, big tree.
It is a healthy, big tree. NOTICE! “It” is a pronoun. It replaces “the tree”.
It’s a healthy, big tree.

It’s is a contraction of ‘it is’.

The leaves of the tree are green.
The tree’s leaves are green.
Its leaves are green.

Its is a possessive form. Possessive adjectives answer the question ‘of what?’ or ‘of who?’

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