1. They’re | Their | There
“There not doing they’re homework over their!”
“They’re not doing their homework over there!”
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*
“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!