It seems pointless but it doesn’t hurt to try

7 words that keep confusing the Internet:

  • Your
  • You’re
  • There
  • Their
  • They’re
  • Its
  • It’s

And here they are succinctly explained:

Your vs. you’re

The easy way to remember the difference is that the apostrophe is a clue that you’re is actually two words: you are.

  1. Use your to talk about something owned: your car, your hot pepper, your kindness
  2. Use you’re to talk about someone: You’re cute. You’re a great guy. You’re amazing.

There vs. their vs. they’re

There’s that apostrophe again, so they’re is easy enough to distinguish, but there are two others remaining this time. The trick to remembering there is that there looks like here, and they mean similar things.

  1. Use there to refer to a location: I would not eat them here or there. I would not eat them anywhere.
  2. Use their to talk about something owned: their car, their hot pepper, their kindness
  3. Use they’re (they are) to talk about someone: They’re cute. They’re great guys. They’re amazing.

Its vs. it’s

That apostrophe keeps popping up. Perhaps there’s a pattern here.

  1. Use its to talk about something owned: its car, its hot pepper, its kindness
  2. Use it’s to talk about something: It’s hot outside. It’s a fantastic restaurant. It’s all up in your face.

 

source:

Posted by:

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “It seems pointless but it doesn’t hurt to try

  1. Debra Beilke

    Thanks for trying. I don’t know why this is so hard. I teach English, and I (try) to teach simple grammar and usage rules until I’m blue in the face, but nothing seems to click. I think students just check out when I talk about grammar.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s