When I see English mistakes made by people who are from English speaking countries it irks* me. They tend to be the same errors again and again and often a different user corrects them with a snarky* remark, something which is unnecessary since the meaning is still understandable and we instantly know the error they have made. I wish everybody had the same opportunities for education but since this is not the case I don’t feel people should be told off* in comments even though they make mistakes.
Today, I’m going to deal* with the 3 areas where many errors are made so that you won’t make these little but obvious mistakes.
- its and it’s
- their, there and they’re
- your and you’re
Vocab. *to irk someone = to irritate someone. *a snarky remark = a sarcastic unpleasant comment. *told off, tell off = to tell someone they have done something bad angrily like you would to a child. *to deal with something = to handle/manage something.
1 It’s and Its
Well it almost looks the same (except the apostrophe * ‘ ) and it does sound the same. So what is the difference?
There will be some practice at the end of today’s article!
2 They’re, their, there
- They’re coming in 5 minutes. Are you ready?
- Where is my coat? There on that chair.
- These aren’t our drinks. They are their drinks.
3 Your and You’re
So, those the most common mistakes I see native speakers making on social media. They are really simple to remember, but look terrible so make sure you learn them and try to practice them.
A little practice
Try to decide which option fits the gap in each sentence. Keep your answers ready to check them with the key in my article Sunday.
The Key (answers) to last week’s quiz
For more information about the answers:
Enjoy YOUR week! I hope IT’S fantastic. Have a nice time THERE at your work or classes.
See you next Sunday!