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Don’t Confuse These Words

Today’s post covers three commonly confused sets of homophones, words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. People confuse these words all the time, but with the help of some fun illustrations, you’ll never forget the difference again.

Let’s get started.

1. Do you mean “there,” “their,” or “they’re?”

“There” tells you where something is, as in,”The bubblegum pink parakeet is over there.”

The bubblegum pink parakeet is over there

“Their” tells you whose something is, as in, “It was their bubblegum pink parakeet that attacked me.”

It was their bubblegum pink parakeet that attacked me

“They’re” tells you who/what they are, as in, “They’re the ones who told the parakeet to attack.” [illustration]

They're the ones who told the parakeet to attack

2. Do you mean “its” or “it’s?”

“Its” tells you that it owns something, as in, “The parakeet nuzzled its chick.”

The parakeet nuzzled its chick

“It’s” tells you that it is something, as in, “Look at the parakeet–it’s so pink!”

Look at the parakeet it's so pink

3. Do you mean “your” or “you’re?”

“Your” describes something you own, as in, “Your parakeet is larger than mine.”

Your parakeet is larger than mine

“You’re” describes who/what you are, as in, “You’re lucky to own such a large, vibrant parakeet.”

You're lucky to own such a large, vibrant parakeet

With these wacky images in your head, you’re sure to keep these homophones straight.


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