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Grammar! Part Two


Welcome to Part II of our grammar blog series! Continuing from last time, I’ll go over a few more questions from my #nerdy grammar survey.

The first question of Part II covers homophones. In case you need a refresher, a homophone is a word that’s pronounced the same way as another word, but has a different meaning, and often spelling. I can still hear the sing-songy voice of my second grade teacher as we repeated after her, “I sound the same, but I don’t mean the same!”

Homophones are easily missed by spellcheck and autocorrect, so check out THIS LINK of often-mistaken homophones from Grammarly’s blog (yes, grammar blogs are a very real thing), and keep them in your brain for next time you write.

 

QUESTION 3

Select the sentence you think is correct:

They’re going to love going there — I heard their food is the best!

Their going to love going there — I heard they’re food is the best!

There going to love going they’re — I heard their food is the best!

SURVEY SAYS:

A – 100%! Amazing. All correct.

PRO TIP: 

“They’re” = they are (a contraction)

“There” = refers to a place (over there; I love it there), OR used with a “to be” verb (there is, there are, etc.)

“Their” = indicates possession (their dog…the dog that belongs to them)

 

QUESTION 4

Fill in the blank: Rats! We should ______ gone to that game!

of

have

if

SURVEY SAYS:

B – 100%! All correct again…so proud.

PRO TIP: If you can’t remember, just think should/would contractions…should’ve = should have, would’ve = would have.

 

QUESTION 5

Select the sentence you think is correct:

If you’d like to attend the dinner, please let Bob or myself know.

If you’d like to attend the dinner, please let myself or Bob know.

If you’d like to attend the dinner, please let Bob or me know.

If you’d like to attend the dinner, please let I or Bob know.

SURVEY SAYS:

A – 41%

B – 14%

C – 43%

D – 2%

ANSWER: C!

PRO TIP: Think of it this way: eliminate the whole sentence, including Bob, except the “let ____ know” part. Which fits? Let myself know? No. Let me know? Yes. “Myself” should generally be used in conjunction with I. (I bought myself a dog. I didn’t want to wait, so I did it myself.) And remember…always put the other person before yourself!

 

That’s it for Part II! Stay tuned for Part III, guaranteed more grammar goodness!


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