May 02, 2013

Blog Every Day in May
A Lesson in Grammar


May 2 - Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at

I'm not going to lie. Today's topic really stumped me. I can't draw. I can't cook. I can't sew. I can't sing or play an instrument. What does that leave? I'm a good driver. I'm an awesome mom. I'm even a pretty good employee. Those are all boring though, right? Then it hit me as I was reading various blog posts this morning... You people are getting an English lesson.

1. their, there, they're

These words are used and spelled differently.

Their is a possessive adjective.
There refers to a place.
They're means they are.

Examples:
• Misty and Terri are fixing their hair.
• My purse is over there.
They're watching The Vampire Diaries.


2. to, too, two

Again, these words are used and spelled differently.

• Use to as a preposition before a noun or as an infinitive before a verb.
• Use too as a synonym for also or to indicate excessiveness before a verb.
• Use two to spell out the number 2. Duh.

Examples:
• I'm going to the movies. --or-- I really don't need to buy another pair of shoes.
• I'm going to the movies, too! --or-- I do not have too many shoes!
• I'll have two margaritas, please.


3. your, you're

For this one, I leave you an 8 second instructional video courtesy of Ross Geller.



Hey!

That's one talent I definitely have.

Give me a subject, any subject, and I can relate it to an episode of Friends.

Go ahead.

Try me.

Speaking of the word definitely, it's not spelled defiantly.

That's a whole 'nother word, people.

31 comments:

Sunkissed and Southern said...

their, they're, and there bug me the most. i remember my 2nd grade teacher teaching us all about "their" use!

Nicole said...

OH I sooooo love this. Grammar is one thing that drives me nuts when people use it incorrectly and totally love the Friend's Reference! Stopping by from the link up!

BREI said...

I love it! I usually have trouble with me and I. Seriously have had many a drunk conversation about those two little words and how people use them incorrectly so now I am super scared to use them in certain situations. Also I love Friends. My all time favorite show.

Stefanie said...

alot drives me crrrrrazy

simone antoniazzi said...

LOVE THIS....so funny, another brilliant Friends episode :)

Totally agree about "you're and your"....also "it's & its".

Thank you for introducing me to this challenge :)



Christine Bewley said...

Haha! Grammar is so important! Also "then" and "than". I still struggle with those! =)

Karm said...

I loved... LOVED this post, especially the Friends references. Genius!!
Also I might copy and paste (and quote you of course) this to my Facebook, because I swear to God there are a few (4) who do not know this stuff. How are you a 30 year old who does not know the difference?? *smh* haha THANKS!!

Christina said...

Perfect post! I hate bad grammar and bad spelling and you know who is the worst with both? JACOB! I know he's super smart so I guess I just let it go, but he sounds so stupid sometimes. Hahah! I really, really hate the misplacement of apostrophes. I saw "There were two kitten's in my tree this morning..." on facebook just now. No, no, NO! But I don't understand who and whom. Help me...?

Christina said...

Oh! I just remembered!

http://youtu.be/lVhBBIfcWMw

I love Friends.

Kellyinthecity said...

As an English teacher, I absolutely love this. :)

xoxo

Kelly

www.kellyinthecity.com

Delta Daisies said...

I love this.

Melissa S. said...

Love it! Those drive me up the wall, too! I swear people have gotten so lazy about writing proper grammar. And I love the demonstration video. :)

Karen M. Peterson said...

That is one of my favorite bits from Friends ever.

Helene said...

i like to think I'm pretty good at english but I know sometimes I slip up!

Amanda M. said...

Love this!! lol

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Nicely done! Also, love how you related this to Friends! :)

smk053078 said...

LOL!!!! These drive me nuts too....especially the definitely one!! But I will say I am a pretty sucky speller....thank God for spell check! :)

Christina Chen said...

HA! this is hilarious. Thank you for this. It totally drives me insane when people mix up you're/your (my husband, in particular). This is my first stime stopping by your blog today. Your blog header got me excited about an expert topic that could be related to handguns! :)

Christy
Sunny with a side of…
PS. Found you through The May challenge link :)

Rowena said...

Ha ha, bad grammar bothers me too! These bloody comment boxes keep changing my words though and I find it does seem like jibberish sometimes. I can spell and I know when to use their, there and they're...honestly!

Shelley said...

Another thing we have in common ;). Grammar and Friends for the win!

Lex P. said...

OMG that clip of Ross is one of my favorite ever!

Kelsey Bang said...

I am the worst at spelling and grammer. Never a strong point of mine....

Parker said...

Yessssss!!

Paula said...

And don't forget 'no' and 'know' Thanks for this lesson

Allena said...

You are speaking my language! And I'm glad to not be the only one noticing 'defiantly'. Drives me freaking NUTS!

whomovedmycheesecake.net said...

OMG, thank you for posting this for the people who still DON'T get the differences between these words! :) It's totally a pet peeve of mine!

Also, thanks for visiting from the linkup! I'm coming back again soon!!!

~ Brooke @ Who Moved My Cheesecake?

whomovedmycheesecake.net said...

OMG, thank you for posting this for the people who still DON'T get the differences between these words! :) It's totally a pet peeve of mine!

Also, thanks for visiting from the linkup! I'm coming back again soon!!!

~ Brooke @ Who Moved My Cheesecake?

whomovedmycheesecake.net said...

OMG, thank you for posting this for the people who still DON'T get the differences between these words! :) It's totally a pet peeve of mine!

Also, thanks for visiting from the linkup! I'm coming back again soon!!!

~ Brooke @ Who Moved My Cheesecake?

Raeven said...

I LOVE the grammar lesson. Thank you for educating the masses! I don't understand why it's so hard for some people.

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

"it's NOT that common, it DOESN'T happen to every guy AND IT IS A BIG DEAL!!!"

meyouandzu said...

This is a great post! I completely agree...it drives me crazy! That and using u instead of you! Love that you can relate anything to Friends!