It's vs Its - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


People often confuse "its" and "it's". "Its" can be a possessive pronoun or possessive adjective indicating ownership. "It's" is the contraction of "it is". In the example "It's great to see the dog play with its toys", "it's" at the beginning is a contraction while "its" at the end is a possessive adjective used to express ownership of the toys.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit was a grammer lesson about modals, phrasal verbs and passive voice.This is a difficult unit to teach because there’s no “rule” for looking at a phrasal verbs and knowing what type it is! The best way is just to study each phrasal verb in context with lots of examples.In this lesson we learned about conditionals and reported speech. I found this lesson to be new and interesting. I did not know there were so many forms of conditionals. Again, another rule I had been using but didn't know was a rule. The reporting and direct speech was also very interesting.In this section I have learnt about the structure of the English language and how every sentence must consist of at least one subject and one verb. I have learnt that there are eight parts of speech in the English language each that come with their own rules that form the sentence correctly.