Thursday, March 6, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (part 18)

There are many words in the English language that writers misuse or misspell. Here are some more:

There, their, they’re

Wrong: There going to the store.
Right: They’re going to the store.

These are frequently mixed up, yet they aren’t all that hard to keep straight. They’re is the easiest. It’s short for “they are.” Unless you mean to say they are, don’t use they’re. Their means “belonging to them.” Are you referring to people, animals, or things? If not, don’t use their. There has a number of meanings; but, to make life simple, unless you mean “they are” or “belonging to them,” use there.

Hung vs. hanged

Wrong: They took him out back and hung him.
Right: They took him out back and hanged him.

Simply put, pictures are hung, but men are hanged. (Okay, some men are well-hung, but that’s a completely different issue.)

Check back next time for even more words to live by....


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