"he's" vs. "his" And Similar Mistakes: How to Explain?

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neverstopped
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"he's" vs. "his" And Similar Mistakes: How to Explain?

Unread post by neverstopped » 08 Feb 2012, 08:57

Hi!

I've had the problem of explaining he's vs his to one of my students. Pretty much the same for There/Their/They're. Does anyone know a good way to explain it? Would it be better to give examples or to make a graph? Both, maybe?
Thanks in advance!

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Re: "he's" vs. "his" And Similar Mistakes: How to Explain?

Unread post by jomtindall » 06 Mar 2012, 04:45

He's is a contraction for he is
His is a possessive form: His coat, I have a pen of his.

These are separate entities, so the best idea is teach them separately without comparing them.

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Re: "he's" vs. "his" And Similar Mistakes: How to Explain?

Unread post by xiphiasatsi » 30 Apr 2013, 09:44

"he's" means "he is".Its is the short way of writing "he is".
Eg:-He is going to Los Angeles.
He's going to Los Angeles.

"his" means anything belonging to a person.
Eg:- She is his sister.
This is his book.

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