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Ug, that title was just hard to write. Even now I feel this itch to change it. Here’s an article on what
I’ll be talking about. The original article I read on CNN.com, but couldn’t find it.

These are pet peeves of mine. It’s mostly due to me remembering how much of an idiot I sounded like many
years ago. I know that Jen must have thought I was a complete moron when we’d correspond with each other
either via email or regular mail, when I would simply murder the english language.

I try my damndest to get these things right on here, mostly due to me wanting to at least not come off as
a half-wit when I try to write something. It lends a certain amount of credence to what you’re writing a
bout when you don’t molest the english language in your writings.

What will follow are certain, simple, things that everyone should have learend in the 8th grade, but for
some of us, such as myself, didn’t learn until later on in life. This will be, by no means, a total compr
ehensive look at all the words and their meanings, just a solid, general, understanding.

Let’s start out with this trio: there, their and they’re.

There is positional, meaning it denotes a physical place in the world. You set the box down there. You pu
t the jar up there. There stands a man resolute.

Their is what I think of a as having something. That is their ball. That is theirs. They have their own d
rinks.

They’re. This is what’s called a contraction, it’s where you take two words and put them together. In thi
s case, it’s the words “they” and “are”. Any time you could use the words “they are” you can simply say ”
they’re”

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Next is another one that I really dislike, and I see it all the time. The people that use your incorrectl
y, or god forbid they use the letters UR to express it instead. If you don’t know, then you don’t know, b
ut god damnit, if you figure it out, don’t keep using the word incorrectly.

First case, your. It’s the possessive of you. Meaning it’s yours. Your dog is smelly. Your house is blue.

You’re, yet another contraction between the two words “you” and “are”. So, when you mean to say you are a
dolt, you can instead say you’re a dolt. Are you sure you’re going to the concert tonight.

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Finally, but by far not the last. The dreaded twos. To, too and two.

The easy one first, two. It’s a number. Generally, when you’re expressing numbers under 10 you write out
the complete word instead of using a numeral…at least you’re supposed to.

How about we go to too. Too is used in place of also. Anytime you think you could use the word also or li
kewise, you can use the word too. Of course you want to make sure it sounds right too. It’s also used whe
n expressing an overage of something. That’s way too much for me. He is just too dumb for me to deal with.

Too is usually the one people, including myself, goof up the most. The last one, to, is used for many thi
ngs. Basically, look at the above, any time you wouldn’t use also or likewise or are expressing a quantit
y of some sort, and you aren’t talking about the number two, then you’d use to. That’s the cheap way of g
etting out of explaining it!

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I know Matt has a pet peeve with could of, would of and should of! 😛 Actually, that’s just us being laz
y, when we’re really thinking could’ve, would’ve and should’ve. Which is just a contraction of could have
, would have and should have.

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There’s another one, I try to follow it, but I also err on the side of what sounds right. And that’s when
to use a and when to use an. The general rule of thumb is when the succeeding word begins with or sounds
like it starts with a vowel, then you’re to use an. However, there are times when speaking, either out l
oud or in your head, where “an” and the next word just don’t sound right. So, it’s a judgement call.

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Anyway, I’m not saying I’m the master of grammar, even though I took a test and it said I was Godlike, or
something like that. There was a time though, and I can still remember, where I was poo-poo platter, and
there may still be times where I slip up…not because I don’t know the difference, but sometimes becaus
e I’m just going fast and goof up … many times I’ve written their when it’s supposed to be there, only
to catch it when I proofread.. Now it just irks me, almost as much as me having to have clean hands … b
ut not quite.

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