I consider myself to be a girl who knows her apostrophes. But this one has got me beat.
Common Mistake People confuse these two verbs, and often use rise when they mean raise. EG: Rise Raise your weight bar above your head. Rise Use rise when you’re talking about something/someone going or getting up. You don’t need a noun after the word rise. EG: I rise at the crack of noon. The escalator rises sharply. Zombies will rise. The sun has… Continue reading Rise or Raise?
Common Mistake People confuse these two words and use adverse when they mean averse. EG: I’m not adverse averse to a good argument. Averse Use averse when you want to say someone is against something or disinclined to do something. It describes a person’s attitude. EG: He’s risk-averse. I’m not averse to a good argument. Adverse Use adverse… Continue reading Averse or Adverse?
Does it matter if you say your when you mean you’re? Or its instead of it’s? Stephen Fry On Language Here’s a wonderful speech to hear by Stephen Fry, made delightful to watch by Matthew Rogers. There’s no right language or wrong language any more than there are right or wrong clothes. Context, convention, and circumstance are all. Write… Continue reading Does Grammar Matter?
What Is The Oxford Comma? The Oxford Comma is the final comma before the word ‘and’ in a list. EG I like apples, bananas, and peaches. Why Use It? Omitting the Oxford comma in the list above would be fine. But leaving it out of some lists can cause confusion. EG: I visited my friends,… Continue reading The Oxford Comma
Common Mistake People often confuse these two words. It’s Use it’s when you could use it is instead. EG: It’s (it is) now or never. Its Use its to show something belongs to ‘it’. EG. Put the book on its side. (The side belongs to the book.)
Common Mistake People often confuse these two words. You’re Use you’re when you could use you are instead. EG: You’re (you are) the apple of my eye. You’re the pear of my nose. Your Use your to show something belongs to ‘you’. EG. That’s your opinion. (The opinion is yours.)