"The overplayed song has lost its appeal for me." This sentence shows the correct use of the homophone. It's (It is/has) and Its are homophones. They are always used incorrectly in sentences.
Such as, In Option A: "My dog was unable to relocate it’s buried bone." The word It's is mistakenly used instead of the word Its.
In Option B, "Our old oak tree has dropped all of it’s leaves" Again the word it's is mistakenly used instead of the word Its.
In D, "Its been too many weeks since it last rained." , The word Its is mistakenly used instead of the word "It's(it has)".
So, that's how they both are often mistakenly written. But in Option C, the homophone it correctly used.
C. The overplayed song has lost its appeal for me
The answer is indeed letter C. The overplayed song has lost its appeal for me.
The options provided in the question concern the homophones "it's" and "its." They are commonly mistaken for each other dues to their sounding the same, and are consequently used erroneously. "It's" is the contraction of the subject pronoun "it" and the third-person singular verb "is." For that reason, "it's" is used as the subject of a clause, frequently substituting some previously mentioned noun or referring, for instance, to natural phenomena. The examples below help illustrate it:
- It's snowing again. - natural phenomenon
- My bike is making a weird noise when I try to start it. It's broken, I think. - substituting "my bike"
"Its", on the other hand, is a possessive adjective. It accompanies a noun, modifying it, to establish a relationship of possession between that noun and another one. Study the example below:
- That stray cat is constantly licking its paws. - the paws belong to the cat
Having that in mind, we can tell letter C is the only option that uses the correct homophone, since "its" establishes a relationship of possession between the song and the appeal. The song has an appeal. Its appeal (the song's) has been lost.
Letters A and B use "it's" when they should employ "its", and letter D does the opposite, using "its" when it actually needs the subject+verb "it's".