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In honor of National Grammar Day, here is a short lesson for those of you who can’t grasp the English language when it is your first language. They are also pet peeves of mine (hint, hint).
1. Your + You’re
There is a major difference. “Your” shows possession and “you’re” shows a state of being. You don’t say “you’re house.” Translated you are saying “you are house”. A person can’t be a house. Examples: Your house is beautiful. / You’re a beautiful person.
2. There + Their + They’re
This one irks me the most being that people don’t know when to use each one. “There” shows a place or position or state of being. “Their” shows a group of people’s ownership of something. “They’re” is a contraction meaning “they are”, showing a state of being of a person.
Examples: There are two people any my house. / Their car is on fire. / They’re going to the movies.
3. To + Two + Too
I think this one irks me the most. “To” is a a preposition used to express direction, expression resulting in a state of being, or object to a right or claim. “Two” is how you spell the number. “Too” is when you are talking about in addition to something or stressing something.
Examples: I have a right to object. / I don’t need your two cents. / I am too annoyed with the poor grammar of native English speakers.
4. Hear + Here
I see these two mixed up more often than not and I don’t understand why, seeing as how they have very different meanings. “Hear” has to do with sound, listening with your ear. “Here” shows direction.
Example: Here is where you put your belongings. / Did you hear me?
5. A + An
“An” is used before a word that begins with a vowel. If you don’t know what vowels are, I don’t now how you made it this far in life. But in any case (a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y). Some words begin with a consonant but are controlled by a vowel. For example, hour. “I will be there in an hour.” Any other case, you use “a”. I want a brownie with nuts and fudge.
6. Where + Wear + Were + We’re
I always see “where” and “were” used interchangeably and they’re not. For one, they’re pronounce differently, and two they mean different things. “Where” is the location of something or someone. “Were” is a verb and is the past subjunctive of be. I also see “were” in cases that “we’re” should be and I don’t know why. “Where” and “wear” are used interchangeably as well and they aren’t. “We’re” is a contraction for “we are.”
Examples: Where is the dog? / Were you smoking pot in the bathroom? / Don’t wear that dress in public. / We’re not going to discuss the future of millenials in this country.
Call me the grammar police or what have you, but I paid close attention in English. I have a love for proper grammar. I often wonder how those who sat in my AP English classes, somehow don’t know proper English. If English is your native language, I don’t comprehend how you can’t write it.
That is my lesson for the day. Happy National Grammar Day!
P. S. Here’s an article from CNN.