Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lessons in Grammar and Spelling: Your, You're

So I am definitely no expert on spelling and grammar. But there are a few words and phrases that I am pretty adament about. See, I don't even know if I spelled that word right. Adamant. There. Hmm...

Anyway, I tend to get a little bit irritated with certain words that are often misused, misspelled and misplaced. Are those all words? See, I don't even know.

For our first lesson we will discuss the spelling and use of the word "Your or you're".

You're is a contraction. Not one of the painful, 'I hate everyone' kind that a woman experiences during labor, but one in which two words are combined together and usually include an apostrophe. For example, "You are a beautiful human being"can also be written "You're a beautiful human being." Other popular contractions are don't, didn't, shouldn't, couldn't, wouldn't, won't, aren't, etc.

Your is a person's something. Umm... that didn't make sense. It's the possessive form of you. I think. OK so example would be "Your mom is pretty." K. Get it? So it wouldn't be "You're mom is pretty" because that would be translated as "you are mom is pretty". That totally doesn't make sense.

When a person texts, he or she usually likes to put your for every use of the word. It's confusing to me. I especially hate u r and ur. How much more difficult is it to write you are or your? Okay, I totally forgive you if you have the QWERTY keyboard on your phone. It's actually not that fun. But if you have T9 or Word, it's unforgiveable.

I'm sure I make these mistakes sometimes. Probably not often though because I am pretty much the best speller in the world. just kidding lovers.

Next lesson: Ya just have to wait.

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