Wordy Wednesday: Grammar Goofs

 
You’re/Your

How many times have you confused YOU’RE with YOUR? Or you meant well, but the spell check did not recognize the mistake? It happens often. I try to read contractions aloud when writing and break them down to make sure I am using the correct word.

WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER: YOU’RE is short for YOU ARE where the apostrophe represents the letter “A”. And YOUR is a possessive adjective that shows ownership and describes a noun. Example: You’re beautiful. Your daughter is beautiful.

It’s/Its

This one always makes me second guess myself. Same letters. Just separated by an apostrophe. Tricky.

WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER: IT’S is short for IT IS where the apostrophe represents the letter “I”. And ITS is the possessive form of IT (serving as a pronoun or adjective showing ownership while describing a noun). Still with me? Example: It’s a bird with few feathers. The bird lost some of its feathers.

They’re/Their/There

I see these three words used incorrectly all the time. Talk about confusing your spell check function.

WHAT YOU NEED TO REMEMBER: THEY’RE is short for THEY ARE where the apostrophe represents the letter “A”. THEIR is a possessive adjective that shows ownership and describes a noun. THERE indicates a place. Example: They’re going to the soccer game in the park. Their soccer game is in the park. The soccer game is in the park over there.

Don’t get me started on the difference between homonyms and homophones or possessive nouns and possessive adjectives.

Which words trip you up?
Do you rely on spell check?

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