15 CommonlyMisused WordsAnd how you canavoid misusingthem.
Your is a possessive pronoun.Youre is a contraction of you are.Examples: Youre going to miss the bus if you don’thurry. Your bus is going to leave without you.
Affect is usually a verb meaning to influence.Effect is usually a noun meaning result.Examples: The rain did not affect my mood. Cigarettesmoking has been found to have several negative sideeffects.
There is an adverb specifying place; it is also anexpletive. Adverb: She was lying there asleep. Expletive:There are two beds in the room.Their is a possessive pronoun. Theyre is a contractionof they are. Bill and John cheered for their team. Theyrehappy they won.
To is a preposition; too is an adverb; two is anumber.Example: Too many people are going to seethe movie, but at least tickets are only twodollars per person.
Lie is an intransitive verb meaning to recline orrest on a surface. Its principal parts are lie, lay,lain.Lay is a transitive verb meaning to put or place.Its principal parts are lay, laid.*Chickens lay eggs. I lie down when I am tired.*
Do not use which to refer to persons. Use who instead.That, though generally used to refer to things, may beused to refer to a group or class of people. I just saw aboy who was wearing a yellow banana costume.*I have to go to math next, which is my hardest class.Where is the book that I was reading?*
These are just a few commonly misused words.There are others and we’ll discuss them later. Wehope these slides have been helpful! Please visit ebookreviewgal.com to find out how we help writers promote and market their work. *Source: A Writers Reference, by Diana Hacker