7 Small Words That Bloggers Stumble Over

It’s great when the business community puts its weight behind a project in the downtown district that you’re involved with. Especially after much work on your part to convince the different stores that they’re also going to benefit by devoting their time & money there.

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It’s great when the business community puts its weight behind a project in the downtown district that you’re involved with. Especially after much work on your part to convince the different stores that they’re also going to benefit by devoting their time & money there.

These are three word groups that often— too often— are misused, misplaced, and mangled grammatically in personal and business blogs. They are part of the grammar family known as homophones. A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning and may also differ in spelling.

Its vs it’s

“Its” is a possessive determiner. Verifies that something belongs to someone or something.

“It’s” is a contraction. Short version of it is.

Trying to decide which to use? Just see if the sentence makes sense when you substitute “it is.”

Your vs You’re

“Your” is a possessive adjective. If you remember your high school grammar lessons that means it modifies a noun. In this case the word is used to describe something as belonging to you (high school grammar lessons).

“You’re” is simply a contraction of you are.

Again, in deciding which to use, see if saying “you are” makes sense.

Their vs There vs They’re

“Their” is the possessive form of they. If they own it, then it is their item.

“There” can be an adjective, noun, and even a couple of more complex grammatical variations depending upon usage. But for the most part, it usually points to a place.

“They’re” is a contraction of they are.

In deciding which to use, first try substituting “they are.” Otherwise look to see if ownership or direction is the point of the word’s value in the sentence.

I hope this lesson will lessen your chances of making the same mistakes again.

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