Many of you know that I spend WAY TOO MUCH time on Facebook. Not always by choice. I just really have nothing else to do. In my Facebook travels, I have seen far too many grammatical and spelling errors that are inexcusable.
I already posted this complaint on my Facebook account earlier today, but it bothers me so much, I feel compelled to blog about it…
What is it with people misusing words? I mean, some of these people are college graduates and they don’t know when to use “your” or “you’re”.
It’s (not its) an epidemic and it makes me sick.
Your and you’re-
- Your is possessive- “Is your stomach hurting?”
- You’re is a contraction for ‘you are’- “You’re annoying”
There, their and they’re-
- There is used when referring to a place or with the verb ‘be’ – “The dictionary is over there“
- Their is possessive- “Have you seen their dictionary?”
- They’re is a contraction for ‘they are’- “They’re hiding the dictionary from you”
To, too and two-
- To is used to start a prepositional phrase or before an infinitive- “We are going to whack you on the head with your English book.”
- Too is an adverb meaning ‘also’- “I want to whack him on the head, too!”
- Two is a number. If you mix this in, you are really dumb.- “You have two brain cells.”
Its and it’s-
- Its is a possessive pronoun- “Have you seen its tail?”
- It’s is a contraction for ‘it is’ or ‘it has’- “It’s raining outside.”
Sorry for the English lesson, but people needed to hear it. English teachers feel free to write in and correct me if necessary. 🙂