Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your vs. You're : Top Five Grammar Mistakes to Avoid on Social Media

Have you ever been called out by the grammar police on social media? I have and it's not pleasant. Ok so I messed up your vs you're, I get it and I'm guilty of doing it but dang don't call me out on it on such a public platform. Of course this is my pride talking, but can a sister  live?

 It happens to the best of us. So in an effort to shut down the spelling Nazi's, I compiled the top five mistakes I've seen or made on social media. You too (not to) can have a clean timeline with no viral spelling or grammars errors. You're welcome :)

The excerpt below is from the free Purdue online course. See more examples here 

1. Idea, Ideal

idea= noun meaning a thought, belief, or conception held in the mind, or a general notion or conception formed by generalization:
Jennifer had a brilliant idea—she'd go to the Writing Lab for help with her papers!
ideal= noun meaning something or someone that embodies perfection, or an ultimate object or endeavor:
Mickey was the deal for tutors everywhere.
Ideal = adjective meaning embodying an ultimate standard of excellence or perfection, or the best:
Jennifer was an ideal student.

2. Its, It's
its = possessive adjective (possesive form of the pronoun it):
The crab had an unusual growth on its shell.
it's= contraction for it is or it has (in a verb phrase):
It's still raining;it's been raining for three days.
(Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)

3. Their, There, They're

Their = possessive pronoun:
They got their books.
There= that place:
My house is over there.
(This is a place word, and so it contains the word here.)
They're = contraction for they are:
They're making dinner.
(Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)

4. To, Too, Two

To= preposition, or first part of the infinitive form of a verb:
They went to the lake to swim.
Too = very, also:
I was too tired to continue. I was hungry,too.
Two= the number 2:
Two students scored below passing on the exam.

5. Your, You're

Your= possessive pronoun:
Your shoes are untied.
You're= contraction for you are:
You're walking around with your shoes untied.
(Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.


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