So, I know that I make mistakes and I don't always spell check and proofread like I should....BUT....let's talk about homophones. I won't bore you and talk about all of them. Nope. I'm not that mean. I would like people to actually read my blog! And I do realize that we learned this in elementary school and maybe in junior high/middle school. In all fairness, it's been quite a while!
The first one is the one that I see so often and really drives me bonkers!
Your and you're
Your is a possesive pronoun
You're is a contraction (shortened from you are)
A good way to tell if you're using the right one is to try to substitue *you are* in the sentence.
Take the sentence above and let's substitute * you are* for you're:
A good way to tell if you are using the right one is to .........blah, blah, blah. It works - so I did use the correct homonym.
I'm only doing this mini-tutorial for you're own good.
Now substitute: I'm only doing this mini-tutorial for you are own good. Oops. Wrong homonym. I'll change it.
I'm only doing this mini-tutorial for your own good. Really!
Some other commonly misused homonyms:
- by/buy/bye ( I'm sure that 'N Sync was singing about homonyms :) "I'm doing this tonight...I know this can't be right..." FYI - I had to look those lyrics up. I don't know the words by heart.)