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Confusing Words July 25, 2006

Posted by Myke Bartlett in CSC 2006 Classwork Archives.
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Today, we’re going to look at words that are easily confused with each other. Here are a few examples:

APOSTROPHES

An apostrophe or not?

Look at the groups of words below. The words within each group sound the same or very similar, but one of the words in the group has an apostrophe in it. In each case the apostrophe shows a letter (or letters) is missing. By putting in the missing letters and thinking about the meaning of the words you should find them less confusing.
Word
Meaning
it’s
is short for it is or it has
e.g. It’s been a long, hard day at work.
its
means belonging to it
e.g. The dog hurt its paw.
who’s
is short for who is or who has
e.g. Who’s got the remote control?
whose
means who does it belong to
e.g. Whose is this brown coat?
you’re
is short for you are
e.g. You’re always late for the bus.
your
means belonging to you
e.g. Is this your pair of shoes?
they’re
is short for they are
e.g. They’re waiting for us downstairs.
their
means belonging to them
e.g. Their dog barks all the time.
there
means in that place or is used in phrases such as there is or there are
e.g. The movie theatre is over there.
we’re
is short for we are
e.g. We’re going on holiday next week.
were
is part of the past tense of the verb to be
e.g. We were students.

IS IT AN ‘S’ OR A ‘C’?

Another commonly confused set of words are those that can be spelled with either a C or an S.

Think ‘s’ for the verb and ‘c’ for the noun.
She had lots of practice in running.
noun
She practises every day.
verb
He has a driving licence.
noun
The publican is licensed to sell beer, wines and spirits.
verb
My advice is to run away.
noun
I advise you to stand still.
verb
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