There are tons of blogs, news, and articles around the web. Social Medias are no exemption. And I can’t help but notice a lot of mistakes when reading some of them. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I’m neither an expert nor a perfect English writer but I can’t help but notice some really simple English glitches that I believe we shouldn’t be committing. You might get surprised with their simplicity once you get to read my list. So better not commit any.
Wrong: I met our new professor and its a pleasure to know him
Wrong: Every car has it’s own design
The term its is a possessive pronoun (which means it belongs to the subject of the sentence) while it’s is a shortened word for it is or it has.
Tip: If the sentence doesn’t sound right if you replaced it’s with it is or it has, then you’re composition is more likely incorrect. Use its instead.
Wrong: Their the best team in the league.
Wrong: I would have to bring my Cousins and they’re pets to the vacation house.
Their refers to a third person plural that is used to describe something that belongs to them. See the second (Wrong) example sentence. The subject “Cousins” is a third person plural possessive adjective, therefore their is the more appropriate term to use.
They’re is a contraction which means it’s a shortened term for They are.
Tip: If you tried to replace they’re with they are and didn’t sound quite nice, use their instead.
Wrong: More than 50% of the class failed and your one of them.
Wrong: Don’t forget to bring you’re lunch.
Your is a possessive adjective and it describes something that belongs to the second person. Your is more often followed by a noun (e.g.: your key, your gadget, your choice).
You’re is another contraction. A combination of you and are.
Tip: If the sentence sounds well by interchanging you are and you’re, then proceed using either. If not, use your.
I wasn’t supposed to include this in this blog but a recent email cracked me up so I decided to add it. I have no tips either than to emphatically let you know that the correct spelling is RECEIVE and/or RECEIVED. Yes you’ve read that right.