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Watch out for these common writing mistakes!

Posted on 18 June 2015

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Struggling with apostrophes? Confused about spelling words that sound the same when spoken? Here are some common mistakes to watch out for.

Your / You're - You're about to drop your wallet.

There / Their / They're - Look over there! They're hurting their dog.

Were / Where / We're - Where were you last night? We're coming home now.

Should have / Should've - NEVER USE Should of

Its / It's - It's running well with its new tyres.

C and S for noun and verb e.g. licence and license
Use C for a noun and S for a verb. An easy way to remember this is to think about advice and advise.

Effect / Affect 
Effect will be a noun 98% of the time. Affect will be a verb 99.9% of the time.
It will affect short-term weather patterns but the long-term effect is uncertain.
The rare verb effect means to bring about e.g. to effect the passage of legislation. The rare noun affect means affectation.

Then / Than - This is better than I thought. Get it done now and then you can relax.

Apostrophes
No apostrophes in normal abbreviations: DVDs, TVs

Apostrophes for possession:
The company's clients (one company)
The companies' clients (many companies)

No apostrophe if using the noun as an adjective:
Boys school (it is a school for boys and doesn't necessarily belong to the boys)

Apostrophes are OK if they help to prevent confusion:
There are two i's in citizen.
There are two is in citizen.

 

 

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