Keeping up with—Grammar Tips! Episode 2

Hello and welcome to another “episode” of Keeping up with Grammar Tips!

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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.

GAH! 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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