2 IntroductionIn the English language there are some words that are spelled differently but sound exactly the same, and there are some words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently. Then, there are those words that do not share the same spelling or pronunciation but are often confused. These are your commonly confused words.
3 Introduction Homonyms Confusables Its / It’s Your / You’re To / Two / TooWhose/Who’sThere / Their / They’reConfusablesWhere / Were/WearThis / TheseEveryday / Every dayThen / ThanExcept/Accept
4 It’s common for the cat to lick its claws. Its and It’sThis is one of the most troublesome pairs because the possessive pronoun ITS does not carry an apostrophe as in: The cat’s claws.Since this is a possessive pronoun, it may help to think of the S in ITS as already belonging to the word.The apostrophe is used in the contraction IT’S (short for it is).It’s common for the cat to lick its claws.
5 Your and You’re Again, this is a case of a possessive pronoun and a contraction.YOUR shows that something belongs to you.YOU’RE is short for You are.You’re wasting your time with this project.
6 To, Too, and Two TO preposition infinitive indicator Walk to the car (toward)infinitive indicatorTo skateTOO can mean also or indicate degreeTWO is the number following oneThe two girls wanted to go to the skating rink too, but it was too late.
7 Who’s and Whose WHO’S WHOSE always means “who is” or “who has” Who’s your date for the dance?Who’s got my car keys?WHOSEPossessive pronoun: something that belongs to “who”Whose dirty socks are on the floor?
8 Their , They’re, and There THEIR: (possessive pronoun) belonging to themTHEY’RE: (contraction) They areTHERE: (adverb) At or in that place (primary def.)They’re leaving their tired dog over there.
9 Where, Were, and Wear Similarity in spelling and improper pronunciation often cause these to be usedincorrectly.WHERE : (pronounced w+air or hw+air)at or in what place.WERE : (pronounced wur) past tense of areWEAR: (pronounced w+air)Where were you hiding?
10 A Little TrickHERETWThink hereIf you confuse There / Their, Where / Were and Here/Hear – Remember that the words that have to do with place have the word HERE in them.
11 Then and ThanThan is a conjunction used in comparisonsThen is an adverb denoting time.Bob noticed that some mice were much bigger than others. Then, he realized they weren’t mice at all!
12 Except and AcceptExcept: is a preposition meaning “but” or “leaving out.” It can also be a verb to mean “to leave out”Accept: means “to receive”An easy way to remember the difference is that the “x” eliminates.
13 Review: Remember the Difference? HomonymsIts / It’sYour / You’reTo / Two / TooWhose/Who’sThere / Their / They’reConfusablesWhere / Were/WearThis / TheseThen / ThanExcept/Accept