Answers:

  • 1. SEEN Have is the helper verb
  • 2. SAW Past tense required, but no “helper” verb like have or had
  • 3. YOUR possessive - eyes belong to you
  • 4. YOU’RE substitute “You are” and it makes sense
  • 5. THEIR content belongs to someone
  • 6. THERE a place/location
  • 7. TOO also or in addition to
  • 8. TO indicates a motion of going
  • 9. IT’S substitute “It has” been and it makes sense
  • 10 .WE’RE again, substitute “we are” and it will make sense

Well, how did you do? I'm sure you aced it!!!

I hope this helps. Like I said, this is just the very tip of the iceberg. However, these are the most common misused words.

Although my kids used to get mad when they were corrected, I hope you don't. Funny, now that they're parents, I watch them correct their kids. Imagine that. LOL. You just can't get lazy when you're writing.

~Debbi



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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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