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Commonly confused words

  1. 1. Mrs. Ferrington9 th Grade English
  2. 2.  Many words look or sound similar Use the right word so the reader knows your meaning Incorrect words can be distracting!
  3. 3.  There is used when you are referring to a PLACE Examples:  The book belongs over there.  There are many different ways to begin a story.
  4. 4.  Their refers to possession of something Examples:  This is their house.  Their parents are both teachers.
  5. 5.  They’re is a contraction meaning they are. A good test is to replace they’re with they are  If the sentence works it’s the correct version  If it doesn’t work, check your rules! Examples:  They’re busy all day.  They are busy all day.  Nobody would tell me what they’re doing.  Nobody would tell me what they are doing.
  6. 6.  To is used to indicate a direction To is also used when you are using a verb in the infinitive Examples:  I am going to the store.  I want to see that movie this weekend.
  7. 7.  Too is used to mean in addition. If you can replace the word too with also or very this is the correct form to use! Examples:  He wants to come too.  He wants to come also.  They were too glad to be done with their homework.  They were very glad to be done with their homework.
  8. 8.  Two is a number. Please only use the word two if you are talking about an amount. Examples:  I have two kinds of ice cream.  These two puppies are adorable.
  9. 9.  Its is used to show possession. Try replacing the word its with his. If it works this is the correct form. Examples:  The dog has its bone in the corner.  The dog has his bone in the corner.  The play was showing its last performance.  The play was showing his last performance.
  10. 10.  It’s is used as a contraction that means it is or it has. If you can replace the word with “it is” or “it has” the correct form is it’s. Example:  It’s the best sandwich in town.  It is the best sandwich in town.  This is the way it’s going to be.  This is the way it is going to be.
  11. 11.  Try replacing the word who with he or answering the question with he. If it works use who. Examples:  We saw who walked by the window.  We saw he walked by the window.  Who went to the show?  He went to the show.
  12. 12.  When you use the word whom you should be able to replace it with the word him. Examples:  This is the friend whom I told you about.  I told you about him.  To whom it may concern:  It concerns him.
  13. 13.  Then can be used to specify a certain time.  I am going to see my mom then. Then can be used to show order.  We went to the movie then to dinner. Then can be used to show an addition.  She took my money then my car. Then can be used to demonstrate “in that case”  If you plan on leaving this house, then you need to clean the kitchen.
  14. 14.  Than is used to make comparisons. Examples:  I think he is nicer than she is.  This dog is cuter than that one.
  15. 15.  Affect is used when you are showing influence. It is usually used as a verb. Examples:  It affected the team when Joel got suspended.  Practicing has a huge affect on performance.
  16. 16.  Effect is what happens after a cause. It is a result. It is usually used as a noun. Examples:  Weight loss is an effect of eating well and exercising.  The broken leg is a side effect of jumping out the window.