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Don’t get caught making these mistakes! There / Their / They’re There / Their / They’re
They’re = contraction for "they are" They’re taking 7 classes. They’re unhappy. They’re not doing very well in them. They’re never going to do this again. They’re learning the hard way. There / Their / They’re There / Their / They’re
Thereindicates location hint: think of "here and there" There goes my sister. My house is over there. There are 5 students in my group. There / Their / They’re There / Their / They’re
THEIRpossessive form of they Their house is at the end of the block. Their best flavor is hazelnut. Their hair is sleek and blond. Then/Than Then/Than Lose/Loose Lose/Loose LOSEverb, to misplace or not win Mom glared at Mikey. "If you lose that new lunchbox, don't even think of coming home!" LOOSEnoun, to not be tight; verb (rarely used)to release The burglar's pants were so loose that he was sure to lose the race with the cop chasing him. While awaiting trial, he was never set loose from jail because no one would post his bail. Accept/Except Accept/Except ACCEPTto receive He accepts defeat well. EXCEPTto take or leave out Please take all the books off the shelf except for the red one. Affect/Effect Affect/Effect AFFECT v. to influence Lack of sleep affects the quality of your work. EFFECTn., result, v., to accomplish The subtle effect of the lighting made the room look ominous. Can the university effect such a change without disrupting classes? Cite/Sight/Site Cite/Sight/Site CITEto quote or document I cited ten quotes from the same author in my paper. SIGHTvision The sight of the American flag arouses different emotions in different parts of the world. SITEposition or place The new office building was built on the site of a cemetery. CONSCIENCEsense of right and wrong The student's conscience kept him from cheating on the exam. CONSCIOUSawake I was conscious when the burglar entered the house. COUNCILn. a group that consults or advises The men and women on the council voted in favor of an outdoor concert in their town. COUNSELv. to advise The parole officer counseled the convict before he was released. ITSof or belonging to it The baby will scream as soon as its mother walks out of the room. IT'Scontraction for it is It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. PASSEDverb, past tense of "to pass," to have moved The tornado passed through the city quickly, but it caused great damage. PASTbelonging to a former time or place Who was the past president of Microsquish Computers? Go past the fire station and turn right. SUPPOSED TOcorrect form for "to be obligated to" or "presumed to" NOT "suppose to" SUPPOSEto guess or make a conjecture Do you suppose we will get to the airport on time? When is our plane supposed to arrive? We are supposed to check our bags before we board, but I suppose we could do that at the curb and save time. THANuse with comparisons I would rather go out to eat than eat at the dining hall. THENat that time, or next I studied for my exam for seven hours, and then I went to bed. WHOused as a subject or as a subject complement (see above) John is the man who can get the job done. WHOMused as an object Whom did Sarah choose as her replacement? GOOD – adj. – WELL – adv. Gabrielle's fighting is good. Gabrielle fights well. Who's is a contraction of who (pron.) and is (v.) Whose means "of or relating to whom or which esp. as possessor or possessors" (adj.) 1. Decent is an adjective that means fitting, appropriate or in good taste. To pronounce the word, stress the first syllable to make a strong (long) "e" sound. 2. Descent is a noun that means a decline or the act of moving downward. The verb is descend. To pronounce <DESCEND< i>, relax the first syllable and stress the second. 3. Dissent as a verb means to disagree or to differ in opinion. To pronounce this verb, stress the first syllable and relax the second. Dissent as a noun means an opposition or disagreement. To pronounce the noun form, relax the first and stress the second syllable. discreet / discrete Discreet is an adjective that means prudent, circumspect, or modest: “Her discreet handling of the touchy situation put him at ease.” Discrete is an adjective that means separate or individually distinct: “Each company in the conglomerate operates as a discrete entity.” complement / compliment Complement is a noun or verb that means something that completes or makes up a whole: “The red sweater is a perfect complement to the outfit.” Compliment is a noun or verb that means an expression of praise or admiration: “I received compliments about my new outfit.” elicit / illicit Elicit is a verb that means to draw out. Illicit is an adjective meaning unlawful. “No matter how hard I tried to elicit a few scandalous stories from her, she kept all knowledge of illicit goingson discreetly to herself. ” passed / past Passed is the past tense and past participle of pass. Past refers to time gone by; it is also a preposition meaning beyond. “In the past decade, I passed over countless opportunities; I was determined not to let them get past me again.” ...
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2010 for the course ENGL 015 taught by Professor Travers during the Spring '10 term at Peru State.
- Spring '10