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Common English Mistakes

Tomorrow is Monday! Not just any Monday, though. For a lot of us, tomorrow is the beginning of a new semester. I'm usually excited about class for the first week, then it goes downhill from there. Still, I'm grateful that I get to pursue an education, as it is not possible for everyone (especially women) in the world to.

Today I have compiled a short list of common English mistakes I have seen people make. If you have made any of these mistakes in the past, fear not, for I am here to clear it all up for you. 


Lose/loose

These are two completely different words. Yet people constantly mix them up. Both words can be used in different ways, but they cannot be substituted for one another! When you use the word “lose,” it’s like saying: “I lost my pencil.” They are also pronounced differently. 

Lose = looz

Loose = loos

Correct:

Don’t lose the game tonight.

The tooth is loose

She was losing him.

 

Incorrect: 

Don’t loose the game tonight. 

The tooth is lose.

She was loosing him.

 

 

There/they’re/their

There: place

They’re = they are

Their: belonging to someone

 

Examples:

We are going there.

They’re (they are) leaving tomorrow night.

Their coffee is ready.

 

 

Your/you’re

Your = belonging to someone 

You’re = you are

 

Correct:

You’re (you are) never going to make it in time. 

Your doll is broken. 

 

Incorrect:

Your never going to make it in time. 

You’re doll is broken.

 

 

It’s/Its

It’s = it is

Its: belonging to a thing

 

Examples: 

It’s time to leave.

She is visiting a forest for its trees. 

It’s something I have to do.

Its fabric is soft.

 

 

Effect/affect

Effect: the outcome of a cause; result

Affect: having an effect

 

Examples:

This rejection is affecting him badly.

There are harmful effects of smoking. 

 

 

Worse/worst

Although these two have the same meaning, they are used differently. 

Worse = if you’re talking about two people. 

Worst = 3 or more people.

 

 

 

I had so much fun writing this post. I hope this helped. I tried to simplify the explanations as much as I could. 

xoxo

 

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