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Proper use of the words your/you’re and whose/who’s

In the English language many words sound the same but have a different meaning or spelling. Two examples that are frequently misused are the words your/you’re and whose/who’s. In this sentence “Here is your hat” your is used correctly. But if the sentence read, “I like how your dressed” it would be incorrect. The correct […]

It’s versus Its

The English language has many exceptions to seemingly hard and fast rules, and these exceptions often cause problems for the novice writer. One such issue is the possessive form of the pronoun “it.” First, let’s remind ourselves of what a possessive form is. The possessive form of a noun or pronoun is used to show […]

Contractions in Writing: When to Use Them and When to Avoid Them

Contractions are quite commonplace in today’s spoken and written English. A contraction is the combination of two words into a shortened form with the omission of some internal letters and the use of an apostrophe. For example, “I’ve” is the contraction for “I have.” As you can see, the “h” and “a” have been omitted […]