I am in on a lot of discussions about spelling and grammar and the importance of paying attention to these details in your written correspondences and in your documents, web pages, blog posts, print books and ebooks and more.
My best friend, Sharon McPherson, who built this beautiful web site for me and has been my soul-mate running buddy, so to speak, for 13 years shared this video with me from her Google+ account and I wanted to pass it on to my readers.
I would love to hear your comments after you listen to and watch this video.
My main point with sharing this is to let you know that even if you THINK readers really do not care, a LOT of us DO. Fair or not, your credibility and professionalism can be hurt by bad grammar and spelling or using the wrong instance of a word and my goal is to help you concentrate on the wonderful message you have to share and you can let ME worry about the little details.
Some of the most common, as I shared in an earlier post, are: their / there / they’re, its and it’s, your and you’re and then and than.
Their belongs to them. An example is, “They took off their coats as they entered the room.”
There is a place, for example, “He is standing over there.”
They’re is a contraction for They are. “They’re all hanging up their coats over there.”
Its belongs to it. It’s is a contraction for it is. “It’s a well trained dog that can wipe its feet when it comes in the door.”
Your belongs to you. You’re is a contraction for you are. “You are going to learn to wipe your feet when you come in the door.”
Then is a time. Than is an option. I would rather read than do anything else. I force myself to do my chores so that then I get to have reading time.
I hope you enjoy the video and that these tips might help you avoid some of the most common, and to ME, annoying, errors in your writings.
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