Were/We’re

Were is past tense of “are”.

We’re is a contraction of we are.

Example:

We were already happy with WA before the changes.

We’rereally going to enjoy the new features. (we are)

Its/It’s

Its is possessive or belonging to it.

It’s is a contraction of it is or it has.

Example:

My computer doesn’t work because its hard drive crashed. (possessive)

It’s time to finish this long lesson. (it is)

It’s been great working with all of you. (it has)

Remember: if in doubt, when using contractions, put the whole phrase in your sentence and see if it makes sense.

Uncontract the words. If you want to say “It’s nice out” (or any other contraction) see if “It is nice out” sounds ok. If it does, you’re good to use the apostrohe.



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RaeAnnePond Premium
Thanks Debbi! Even as a native English speaker some of those still get me, particularly the to and too. That's much clearer now. Thanks very much!
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Sui_generis Premium
You're welcome. I see your/you're and to/too misused the most.
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Loes Premium
Thanks Debbi, the one I most struggle with isn't here:(

Can you tell me when to use "were" and when to use "where"
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Sui_generis Premium
Sure.

Were is simply the past tense of "are". You can say: "My day care children WERE good today" when speaking about them in the past. However, if you're speaking in the present, you'd say: "My day care children ARE good today."

Where refers to a place. "Where" did you put the brandy?" "NY is "where" I was born.

As an added note, We're is a contraction for "we are".

Did that help?
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Loes Premium
Yes, thanks! We were wearing swimsuits today because we were in the pool where we were swimming? Correct?
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Sui_generis Premium
YES and if that is true, I'm very jealous. :-)
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Loes Premium
No, it's fiction;) I don't swim in pools, too many bacteria
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BrooklynPhil Premium
Debbi, those I got right, but I sometimes have to think twice about 'then' and 'than'.
Luckily I had Grammarly before Howard suggested.
The funny thing is Grammarly thinks 'than' might be incorrect.
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Sui_generis Premium
It is a good program but then so is spell check. Nothing computerized is fool proof. I have to think twice about these two and also effect and affect.

Than just indicates a comparison of 2 nouns. Like "Phil is healthier than I am."
Then is a point in time. "He ate well then lost weight."

Good to see you. Thanks for stopping, Phil.
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BrooklynPhil Premium
"Nothing computerized is fool proof."
You know what they say about "fool proof", make it fool proof and somebody will make a better fool.
(it also works for idiot proof). ;^)
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Sui_generis Premium
....and you KNOW what happens when you "assume" right? :-)
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Gaylon Premium
Hi Debbi, good stuff. I'm glad you addressed this, it is needed. Thanks for sharing. ~Gaylon
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HowardJaros Premium
For those who just can't remember these issues, there is a free app called Grammarly that can run in your Web browser and help out those of us at WA. Nice post!!
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Sui_generis Premium
Yes, it's a great app, but many don't use it. Thanks, Howard.
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