Spelling Mistakes + Corrections


This time I’m going to be channeling my inner English teaher to show you what some of the most common spelling errors are, how to fix them, and how to correctly use them. (bonus points if you were sharp enough to catch my own spelling error in the previous sentence)
But first, let me explain why bothering with your grammar is important.
One, it shows you are being considerate of your future self and the people who possibly might read your work. (you WILL cringe looking back at your story if you use “b4” instead of the complete word “before”… trust me on this one)
Two, it shows you are an intelligent human being that knows the difference between the contraction “you’re” for ‘you are’ and the difference between the singular posessive “your.”
Three, you won’t have to have to go on a crazy editing rampage later on. The more work you put in the first time around, the less work you have later- and therefore, the happier and less exausted you will be.
And who wants to make more work for themselves?

1. They’re | Their | There

“There not doing they’re homework over their!”

Imagine that screaming goat meme. Now multiply that by 100. That is what I was doing internally in my head as I was typing that sentence.
To keep other people from going through the same pain that I was experiencing, let’s keep these few rules in mind:
“There” is a place, and is used in a sentence like this:
“I don’t like it over there- they keep throwing bricks at people.”
“They’re” is the contraction of “They are.” So if you can’t use “they are” in a sentence, using “they’re” will not make the sentence any more correct.
“They’re kinda mean for doing that, aren’t they?”
“Their” is the posessive of they, meaning that something belongs to many people. It’s used like this:
“Yeah. I think they think their fort is under attack or something.”
All together used properly would look something like this:

“They’re not doing their homework over there!”

Got it?

Great! Let’s attack the next set words.


2. Lets | Let’s

Speaking of which, there IS a difference between the two “let’s/lets.”

“Let’s” with the cute little apostrophe in there is a contraction of “let us.” So this:

“Let’s leave- they’re not going to be playing FRIDAY by Rebecca Black”

-is okay, but this:

“Lets leave- they’re not going to be playing FRIDAY by Rebecca Black.”

-is not correct. So the fast and easy rule for these words is that if you can’t replace it with “let us,” then use it’s twin that doesn’t have the apostrophe.

(Lets  /lets/ -verb. Definition: To not prevent or forbid; to allow. Example: “My bro never lets me use his phone even though I haven’t broke anything of his in years.”)

(Let’s /lets/ -contraction. Definition: Contraction of “let us.” Example: “Let’s go to the mall since we haven’t been there in awhile.”)


3. Two | Too | To

I can’t count the amount of times that I’ve seen these confused for each other. And each time, I either mentally or physically wince. So this goes out to all the people who messes this up constantly.

“Two” is the number,

“too” is what’s used when decribing a higher degree or is used as a synonym for “also”,

and “to” is used for basically everything else.

So in a nutshell:

Two: “My family had two cars until I accidentally crashed one…”

Too: “THIS COLLERCOASTER’S GOING TOO FAST!” or “Oh, I have that Harry Potter phonecase too!”

And last we have:

1. To: “I’m going to the peanutbutter mart,”

2. To: “You were really mean to that haunted baby doll…”

3. To: “I asked the spinal chord fairy to come out from hiding, but she didn’t want to.”

I hope that clears a few things up for you guys, because I’m moving onto the next set whether you’re ready or not.


4. Bee | Be

This one bothers me really badly for some reason. It might be the fact that there’s only two words to confuse and all you need to do is add or take away one letter to make it better.

“Bee” is the insect that stings people and make little girls scream.

“Be” is to exist or live.

You cannot be a bee, but a bee can be a bee.

*highfives myself for confusing people*

For example:

“Did you see where the bee went?” and “Be yourself,” are all correct.

“Bee yourself,” and “Did you see where the be went?” is not correct.

Look at yourself being smarter than the average bear!


Now I would talk about other words that hang people up, but it will have to wait. I’m pretty sure that this list will keep you from getting a ticket from the grammar police for today. Thanks for sticking around and reading my post!

~Felicity Annora




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