it

\ \ [OE] It (or hit, as it was in Old English) comes ultimately from the same prehistoric Germanic demonstrative stem form. *khi-, as produced he.
\ \ The possessive form its is a comparatively recent development, dating from the end of the 16th century; until then, his was used for ‘its’.
\ \ Cf.HE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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