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English Langauge Tips

Use these English language tips when working with homonyms. Homonyms are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. The proper use of homonyms is very confusing for people learning English. With English language tricks, learn the difference between some of the most confusing homonyms in no time at all.

There, their and they're

There is an adverb meaning a place and it is also an introductory subject. "There is" and "there are" are examples of using there as an introductory subject. If you are using there as a place or an adverb remember the phrase "Where? There.". Their is the possessive form of them. To remember the word their has an i think of the phrase, "I possess it." They're is the contraction of they are. The easiest way to determine if you should use they're is if you can use they are in the sentence while still making sense.

It's and its

Its is a possessive pronoun and it's is a contraction of it is. A great way to remember the difference between it's and its is to say the sentence with it is instead of its. If the sentence does not make sense when using it is then the correct form is its.

Two, to and too

The word two is a number coming after one and before three. To is a preposition preceding a noun or an infinitive preceding a verb. When using to in a sentence remember the phrases "to go to a place" and "to do something" and the words to, do and go all have one o. The word too is another meaning for the word also. If you are trying to decide between too and to, try using also instead, if it makes sense use too, if it does not make sense use to.

Your and you're

Your is the second person possessive adjective used to describe something belonging to you. An example of the use of your is, "your eyes are beautiful" or "how is your health." You're is the contraction for you are. When trying to decide between you're and your try to use you are in the sentence, if it makes sense use you're instead of your.

If you have trouble learning the difference between these words, do not worry. With extra studying and practice it soon becomes second nature.