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Briana’s Writing Tips: Commonly Confused Words

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Posted by / July 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

We’ve all seen people mix up words when writing, so I figured I’d cover some of the really common ones as a way to help people out. I can’t help thinking of all the grammar pieces that The Oatmeal has done, but I’ll do this without the sarcasm.

You’re: Contraction of you are – Your: Belonging to you – Yore: A long time ago

Their: Belonging to them – There: Not here – They’re: Contraction of they are

Lose: To not win – Loose: Not tight

Affect: To cause change or display – Effect: The outcome or result

Then: A point in time – Than: A comparison

Altar: A place of worship – Alter: To change

Who’s: Contraction of who is – Whose: Of or relating to a person/thing

Past: At a previous time – Passed: Went by or succeeded at

Died: Stopped living – Dyed: Stained with color

Threw: Past tense of throw – Through: From one point to another

A Lot: Many, or a piece of land – Allot: To assign an amount – Alot: Alot isn’t a word

To: Toward or as far as – Too: Also or as well – Two: The number after one

The tricky one that breaks the possessive apostrophe rule:

It’s: A contraction of it is or it has – Its: Belonging to it

There are a lot more, but those are some top ones.  Your Dictionary and Santa Monica College have lists with even more.

About Briana Blair

Artist, writer, ordained interfaith minister, Dr. of Metaphysics and passionate oddball. I love to create, and I love bringing knowledge and joy to others. I've been an artist for 35 years, a writer for 26 and a Pagan for 22. And I'm just getting started!
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