Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's Not That Hard...

My fabulous brother sent me this pic the other day:

The Most Interesting Man

He acts like it drives him crazy when I correct his spelling/grammar, but I am 99.9% sure choose to believe he actually appreciates it. {Right, Landon?}

Turns out, the little bro knows me pretty well...because I am going to make 150% sure that I am right before I even think about correcting someone's mistake. Do you know anyone else who works in finance and keeps a frequently-used writer's handbook in their desk drawer? 

Anyway, below is a list of homophones {don't stress's just words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings} that make me the most C.R.A.Z.Y. I probably won't block you on social media if you misuse one of the the words below in your status update {at least not the first time}, but I guarantee incorrect spelling on your resume/cover letter/any related documents will send your application straight to File 13 {i.e. the trash!}.  

Truth be told, I'm not one to publicly correct grammar/spelling mistakes {unless you're my family or close to it}, but I'm happy to point out the correct use of commonly misspelled words for those who are interested...  


  • It's is a contraction for "it is" or "it has."
    • It's five o'clock somewhere.
  • Its is a possessive pronoun that is gender neutral, often used in connection with animals or non-living objects.
    • Every dog has its day. 
    • The company released its quarterly earnings report.
  • NOTE: Its' is not a word. It never has been and never will be. Don't use it. Ever. Seriously. 


  • You're is a contraction for "you are."
    • You're going to be late!
  • Your is the possessive form of you, referring to ownership of something.
    • I love your outfit!


  • They're is a contraction for "they are."
    • They're going to the beach for vacation.
  • Their is the possessive form of they, indicating belonging to others.
    • They need a ride because their car is in the shop.
  • There represents a place. It can also be used to show that something exists.
    • Park your car over there by the tree.
    • There are two sides to every story. 
Grammar Lesson, Proper Grammar, Charlie Brown


  • To has several uses, but its primary purpose is as a connection word. {i.e. use this form when it doesn't make sense to use "too" or "two."}
    • We're going to the mall.
  • Too means "excessive" or "also."
    • That purse is too small for all my stuff.
    • She sings really well, and she can dance too!
      • According to The Chicago Manual of Style, it's the writer's choice whether to use a comma before too when it means "also" or "in addition to." {I'm sure you can guess that this also makes me C.R.A.Z.Y. I need a hard rule...what's this "writer's choice" hoopla?}
  • Two is the number 2. {Duh! I know...but I couldn't leave it out!}
    • She has two dogs.


  • Then refers to time or a sequence of events.
    • I bought a new dress, and then I had to find matching shoes.
  • Than is a method of comparison.
    • It is colder today than yesterday.

Ok, I'm my soapbox {for now}. I have no idea why I spend time writing "Grammatically Correct" posts when I know this is how the world really feels...

No one likes grammar police an effort to save this entire post {and keep friends}, I'll just remind you that Nashville is back on tonight {after skipping last week}. BEST.SHOW.EVER. If you're not watching, you're seriously missing out. 

Rayna James, Connie Britton, Juliette Barnes, Hayden Panettiere

Disclosure:  I sincerely apologize for any grammatical errors in this (or any other) blog post.  I try to carefully proofread before I publish, but I find that I am sometimes blind to glaringly large mistakes simply because I've looked at it too many times.  Please let me know if you find mistakes in my posts.  I'll be very grateful to you...after I've corrected it!  :)


  1. Haha this is on point. I am guilty of being a grammar nazi every once in awhile haha I have noticed the blog posts I do to quickly are always riddled with random grammar and spelling mistakes

    Makeover With Aspen

  2. I am adding misuse of 's. As in "Merry Christmas! Love, the Smith's". The correct usage is "Love, the Smiths".

    It really bothers me when I see that!

  3. hahaha this is so necessary for so many people I know! I'm going to need to tweet and share this one! -I totally google as well... you know, just in case! :)

  4. I'm going to admit that this post seriously gave me anxiety just reading it. Grammar is one of my biggest pet peeves. Don't even get me started on people who don't know when to say "well" or "good" appropriately. I will, however, admit that I still mess up "who" and "whom".

  5. Christian has learned homophones in 2nd grade. We practice them all the time. Sole/soul, right/write, hear/here, wear/where an they are learning the ones you noted above.