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then/than ~THEN is used to indicate a "time" ex. Then we went to the store. ~THAN is a word used to compare ex. Melissa was prettier than Jessica.
to/too/two ~TO is a preposition (think of it like a direction) ex. I went to the store. ~TOO is an adverb and often replaces the word also ex. I want to go too! ~TWO is a number ex. There are two phones in my purse.
there/their/they're ~THERE is a place ex. There were three little pigs. OR Three little pigs were there. ~THEIR is a possessive pronoun (belongs to they) ex. Their dog was brown. ~THEY'RE means "they are" ex. They're really mad at you.
it's/its ~IT'S is a contraction, means "it is" ex. It's raining outside. ~ITS is a possessive pronoun, means belongs to it ex. Its fur was matted and dirty.
we're/where/were ~WE'RE is a contraction, means "we are" ex. We're happy to be here. ~WHERE used with the concept of place ex. Where are you? Where do you live? ~WERE is a verb in the past tense (are is the present tense) ex. We were happy. (we are happy)
your/you're ~YOUR is a possessive form of the pronoun "you" ex. This is your car. ~YOU'RE is a contration, means "you are" ex. You're good at driving.
a lot In formal language use words like "much" or "many" instead of a lot (which is part of the vernacular)
stuff Eliminate this word from formal language, UNLESS it's being used as a verb ex. Santa was stuffing the stockings
i Must capitalize "I"
capitalizing ~begin all names and places with a capital ~begin all sentences with a capital letter
of/off ~OF must not replace have ex. must have, should have, could have NOT must of, should of ~OFF is the opposite of on
weather/whether ~WEATHER is rain, snow, sunshine ex. I dislike cold weather. ~WHETHER indicates a choice, doesn't contain the letter a ex. I won't know whether I passed my test or not until next week.
amount/number ~use NUMBER when refereeing to anything that can be counted (countable) ex. The number of Instagram users is overwhelming. ~use AMOUNT when referring to anything that can't be counted, but can only be measured (not countable) ex. The amount of damage was intensive.
fewer/less ~FEWER when referring to anything that can be counted (countable) ex. There are fewer users on Facebook nowadays. ~LESS when referring to anything that can't be counted (not countable) ex. There was less damage in the other room.
good/well ~GOOD is an adjective, it doesn't describe actions ex. The cake was good. NOT. You sing good. ~WELL is an adverb, describes actions, can also describe mental or physical health Ex. You sing well. Are you doing well?
couple ~incorrect to say things like "a couple days ago", "a couple people" ~correct: "a couple OF days ago", "a couple OF people" ~correct: "the couple went to the show"
a/an ~AN is used before a vowel ex. He was killed by an animal. ~A is used before a consonant sound ex. He was killed by a bear.
affect/effect ~AFFECT means "to influence" or "to pretend/assume" ex. His parents really affected his decision to go to U of A. Rising oil prices will affect many people. He affected a British accent. ~EFFECT means "result" or "to bring about/cause". When tempted to use EFFECT in a sentence, substitute "bring about" to see if it makes sense. ex. His words had a depressing effect. Rising oil prices will have an effect on the economy. http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive/012901effectaffect.htm
among/between ~AMONG when referring to more than two people. ex. You are among friends. ~BETWEEN when referring to two people. ex. Between you and me, this coffee shop sucks.
any way /anyway /anyways ~ANY WAY means "whichever path" ex. Any way you choose will be good for you. ~ANYWAY means "in any case" ex. Anyway, there is another factor to consider. ~never use ANYWAYS in formal language
can/may ~CAN indicates the "ability to do" ex. I can run fast. ~MAY expresses the idea of having "permission to do something" ex. May I go to the bathroom?
irregardless/ disregardless/ regardless ~only use REGARDLESS, the other two are used in error
lose/loose ~LOSE means "mislay", present form of lost ex. I lost my keys, I always lose things. ~LOOSE means "unattached, not tightly fixed in place" ex. My seatbelt came loose.
real/really ~REAL means "genuine, actual, true" ex. I can't believe Atlantis is a real place. ~REALLY is used like VERY ex. She was really pretty.
till/until ~only use until unless writing poetry or dialogue
whose/who's ~WHOSE is the possessive or pronoun for who or which ex. Whose wallet is that? ~WHO'S is a contraction, means "who is/has" ex. Who's JM? Who's got my wallet?
definitely/definite ~commonly misspelled, there is NO A in the words
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