Welcome to another edition of the Teacher’s Desk! I realized in the revamping of my blog, that I kind of dropped this feature. I plan to remedy that right now and make this a weekly feature once again. Today we are going to discuss the words Its and It’s. These seem to be ones that many students mix up and use incorrectly. Quite frankly, it makes me crazy. So here is how you can explain the difference so you your students don’t mix them up.
Its vs. It’s
its – Associated with a thing previously mentioned or in reference to an animal without prior knowledge of the animal’s gender.
Incorrect: That ostrich will never be a ballet dancer; it’s posture is horrendous.
Correct: That ostrich will never be a ballet dancer; its posture is horrendous.
it’s – Contraction of it is or it has.
Incorrect: Bob bikes to work. Its his favorite part of the day.
Correct: Bob bikes to work. It’s his favorite part of the day.
Are these words that have been used incorrectly in your homeschool? What are some others you are hoping I will cover? Leave me a comment and let me know what words are driving you batty! Be sure to visit me next week for another set of commonly misused words.