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Grammar can sometimes be complicated, and to make matters worse, English has quite a few words that sound the same–enter homophones.
Let’s discuss some common homophone mix-ups to make your writing shine!
- Whose versus Who’s
Whose = possessive form
Whose bike is this? It’s Johnny’s bike. (Read: To whom does the bike belong?)
I don’t know whose this is. (Read: It’s unknown who the owner is.)
Who’s = who + is (subject: third person singular + to be)
Who’s there? (Read: Who is there? Which person is there?)
I don’t know who’s coming. (Read: I don’t know who is coming. What people are coming?)
- Their versus There versus They’re
Their = possessive
Tony and Susan’s parents were out, so their grandmother came for supper. (Read: Tony and Susan’s grandmother came for supper. She is Tony and Susan’s grandmother.)
There = place, location; or there is/are + statement
Look over there! (Read: Look over yonder! Look at that place!)
There are several animals on the boat. (Read: Several animals are on the boat.)
There is a banana on the counter. (Read: The banana is on the counter.)
They’re = they + are (subject: third person plural + to be)
They’re beautiful flowers! (Read: They are beautiful flowers! The flowers are beautiful.)
- Your versus You’re
Your = possession
Your dog is so cute! (Read: The dog that is yours is cute.)
You’re = you + are (subject: second person singular + to be)
You’re writing a newsletter. (Read:
- Its versus It’s
Its = possession
The flower wilted. Its petals fell to the ground. (Read: The flower’s petals fell.)
It’s = it + is (subject: third person singular + to be)
It’s a beautiful day! (Read: It is a beautiful day! The day is beautiful.)
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