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It’s Vs. Its

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The most frequent writing error in the English language is the use of the words “it’s” and “its.” Do your part to Save the Apostrophe by not misusing these common words. Apply the rule that when you mean “it is” or “it has” in a sentence, you hang the apostrophe. And when you mean “its” [...]

Spoke Vs. Spoken

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Some people confuse the past tense and past participle of the verb “to speak” by using the word “spoke” rather than “spoken” (and vice versa). The easiest way to not mix up the two is to remember that “spoke” implies the communications, conversations, and verbal exchanges are past and finished. Additionally, when using the word [...]

Ninty vs. Ninety

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The number nine causes confusion to many people when it turns to it’s cardinal number form after being multiplied by ten. Many people erroneously drop the “e” when spelling out “ninety.” As one of the most commonly misspelled numbers in the world, it’s imperative to correct this common mistake. Especially on your checks. Ex. Let [...]

You’re Vs. Your

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An easy way to remember the difference between “you’re” and “your” is simple: “you’re” is a contraction of two words, “you are” whereas “your” is possessive. If you are writing and can not drop the apostrophe to replace “you’re” with “you are,” fall back on to “your.” For example: “You’re totally fantastic!” relays “You are [...]

Who’s Vs. Whose

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A common mistake many make is found in the usage of the words “who’s” and “whose.” To help prevent this, remember that “who’s” is a contraction for “who is” or sometimes “who has” whereas “whose” is the possessive form of who. Though an apostrophe “s” generally suggests possession, in the case of who, it’s a [...]