Anyway, here is the first installment of Grammatically Yours. If you are unsure what this is, you can read the introductory post here. Basically, Grammatically Yours is a series of posts about anything and everything grammar. Don’t forget that these posts are designed to be interactive. Feel free to give suggestions for future posts, and I will add them to my list.
Writers love words. We love to experiment with them. We love to study them. We move them around and around and around until we are completely satisfied that they communicate what we want them to.
Words tell stories.
They convey emotions.
They cause kingdoms to rise and fall. [I am only partially kidding.]
They can also be misused.
I am not talking about misusing them in a hurtful way (but please don’t do that either). I am talking about misusing them in a grammatical way – something that is actually quite easy to do. Even writers with years and years of experience sometimes use the wrong words.
Below is a partial list of commonly misused words. I will include ten here and ten in a second post.
There, their, they’re
Through, threw, thorough, though, thru
When I post the second list of ten, I will include the definitions of the words in this first list. But for now, I would like some interaction. Have you ever had trouble with any of these words? In your experience, which ones seem to be misused the most? If you would like, define one of these sets of words. Or just comment on whatever you want. *smile*
Always remember that the purpose of these posts is not to nitpick. Everyone will make mistakes. Not long ago I sent a message to someone and wrote “too” when I meant “to.” Or was it “to” when I meant “too”? *head-smack*
It happens to everyone. We just have to be aware of the differences.
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