The Most Irritating English Mistakes Native Speakers make on Social Media.


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.

  1. its and it’s
  2. their, there and they’re
  3. 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?

Click here to watch my YouTube video on it’s and its




There will be some practice at the end of today’s article!


2 They’re, their, there

They're, their and there.

For example:

  • 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.

It's, its, you're, your, they're, their, there quiz. The blog for English learners! See the article for how to do these.


The Key (answers) to last week’s quiz

Click here to visit last week’s quiz and blog “Tough Moose”

Answers to the Quiz from the 28.01.2018. Kim Griffiths English. A blog for learners of English.

For more information about the answers:

Click here to see my video on Safety Pin.

Click here to see my video on IN/ON the corner, for more information.

Click here for my article on telephone English and calling someone back.


Enjoy YOUR week! I hope IT’S fantastic. Have a nice time THERE at your work or classes.

See you next Sunday!





About Kim Griffiths

Hello, I'm Kim. I'm a qualified English ESL teacher with a CELTA A qualification and I have over 25 years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers. I love teaching! I also write about English, sing jazz, paint and make things.

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