Certain words in English sound exactly the same as each other and can be confusing. In fact, many native English speakers confuse these words as they sound almost exactly the same. We are going to explain the difference between HIS OR HE´S so that you do not make the same grammatical mistakes.

 

His is a possessive adjective that is used to denote the possession of something.

The car is his; yes, that is right, the car belongs to him.

It is not her backpack, it is his backpack.

 

He´s is a contraction of two words, the subject pronoun (he) and the conjugation of the verb to be (is).

He´s such an idiot because he´s always making foolish mistakes.

 

We usually use He´s as a contraction in the present continuous:

He´s swimming in the pool at the moment.

He´s currently working very hard on his thesis.

 

To use grammatically correct English, it is essential to know the difference between these similar words, for more information see one of our courses.

 

Practice questions:

  1. Would you help your classmate with his homework if he were having trouble with it?
  2. Do you ever help you brother with his chores?
  3. Will you get angry with your friend if he loses his temper?
  4. Do you tell your father to calm down if he´s overreacting?
  5. When you think your dad is joking, how do you know if he´s telling the truth or not?

 

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