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Commonly Confused Words
Transcript of Commonly Confused Words
Then deals with time. It means either at a certain time, or signals the discussion of a later time.
I resided in Hawaii
I devoured the Big Mac and
I felt sick.
Than (conjunction and preposition)
" is all about comparing things. "Than" introduces the second element in a comparison, or an exception or contrast.
have won more titles
He would like to do anything rather
go to the dentist.
There, Their and They're
is an adverb that deals with position or location.
My house is over
is the scoundrel who absconded with my money!
is a possessive pronoun (like its) that shows ownership or association.
car was bumping old school jams.
The Garcias were not at
is just a conjunction for "they are". So it means are group of people are doing something.
After school, they're planning to go to Denny's
is a contraction meaning "it is".
is a possessive pronoun that shows ownership or association with something previously mentioned.
a stupendous day = It is a stupendous day.
The dog walked to
The confusion arises because apostrophes create possesives with most nouns. For example, "This is Mr.
, however, needs no apostrophe because
possessive all by itself.
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Commonly Confused Words
This dog doesn't get IT!
indicates motion, or identifies the noun being affected.
means also or excessively (as in There is
much violence in the world.
many days of school.
is a pronoun that questions ownership.
car is the one with the sweet chrome rims?
Jane is the girl
grades are incomparable.
is a contraction that means who is.
going to the Skrillex concert with me (ostensibly to boo, of course)?
(noun) means gone by in time and no longer existing.
Forget about yesterday, it's in the past!
(verb) can also mean on the other side of something.
"Drive past all these slow fools!" said Marcus.
(verb) means you went beyond something else.
his ex girlfriend's house on the way to the protest.
(verb) can also mean something's been moved.
the ball to Neymar.
(verb) means to make something happen.
That pyromaniac is going to
a dangerous fire!
(noun) is the reason something happens.
of your poor grades is that you don't read anything more complex than the side of a cereal box.
is a conjunction that explains a reason for doing something. It's similar to the word "since".
Martin gets bad grades
he fails to recognize the value of reading to supplement his imagination.
(adjective) is the opposite of tight.
My pants are too
; everybody's going to see my butt!
(verb) is the opposite of win.
the game of life because he does not enrich his mind with literature.
Don't end up like this fool!