Everyone has at least a few students that don’t get the difference between “its” and “it’s” and “there,” “their,” and “they’re.” This comic will help them sort it out. It’s also part of a series of comics designed to help students with common errors that they have in their writing.
There really isn’t a good mnemonic device to know the difference, so students have to commit them to memory.
It’s = it is. It’s is a contraction. It’s important to eat vegetables.
Its is possessive. The dog chased its tail.
There is an adverb indicating a place. Put it over there.
Their is possessive. The students read their books.
They’re = they are. They’re going to the library.
For more entertaining comics on common sentence problems, please check out Grammar Comics: Sentence Problems. Each cartoon covers a common problem students face in writing.