1. If you can’t state the differences in the
use of their, they’re, and there, then don’t use contractions! This means you should
write they are when you need they’re or we are when you mean
we’re or you are when you
mean you’re . Their and your are only used as possessive pronouns,
as in their dog, their ideas and your turn or your
clothes. It is NEVER acceptable
to write when your going when you
mean when you are going. The
apostrophe means a letter is missing in a contraction.
need to learn the differences between to, too
and two. Two is 2. Too is
about excess, as in too much coffee or too many people
or it can mean also : Take me,
too or He wants one, too . “To” is a part of a verb’s infinitive form, as in “to go” “to have” “to see”. It is also a preposition, used in conjunction with another word to indicate direction: to school or to the doctor’s.
of much and many: If you can count
the things, there are many, as in “many
people were in the room”, or “there were so many snowflakes falling” . If you can’t COUNT
the amount (as in liquids), you use much:
“ there was so much snow falling”or “there was so much water in the tub” or “there was much ado about nothing”.
4. Weather is sunshine, rain, snow. Whether or not you use it depends on whether your topic has to do with climate.
witch is a person who practices wicca,
which is a modern version of a pagan
may accept the honors given to you,
you don’t deserve them.
is NO apostrophe in a simple plural: six dogs,
2 parents, a hundred shoes.
think this needs repeating: YOU DO NOT
NEED AN APOSTROPHE TO MAKE A SIMPLE PLURAL!
an apostrophe when it is a simple possessive: it is my dog’s collar
and I broke my shoe’s heel (only ONE shoe’s heel). When there is
a plural noun of possession, the apostrophe goes after the ‘s’: it is my parents’ car and my shoes’ style
. If you don’t know the difference,
go the long way around to avoid the possessive: it
is the car of my parents or that was the style of my shoes .
sentence has a verb in it. A verb is an action word. If you have thing words
in a line, and they don’t do anything, it isn’t a sentence.
9. Affect / Effect: Affect is usually a verb:
Something I did affects other people.
Effect is most often the noun you are seeking: When you treat someone kindly, it has an effect on them.
If you lose something and want to tell someone as it is happening, you say you are losing your mind. If you
are untying the stays of your corset so you can breathe, then you are loosing
the stays. In the first case the s is pronounced like a z, in the second, the
s is soft. When you make a choice, however,
you are choosing. English is funny that way.
When you breathe, you are taking
a breath. The first one is a verb, the second one is a noun.
If you have never seen a saying in a written form,
you would probably be safer NOT using it! I have frequently had to repeat out loud what you have written to get a clue as to what you mean:
“right off the back” turned out to mean
“right off the bat”
“ We should not place athletes on a
peddle stool” was actually a “pedestal”
and days” doesn’t make any sense “nowadays”.
While I read Vogue magazine and shop for designer clothes, I don’t remember taking the “pledge of elegance”. However, as an American, I have frequently recited the “Pledge of Allegiance”.
Although it is true many Mexicans do hard
physical work in American, we do not call it “manuel labor”, but rather “manual labor”. Manual means “by hand” .