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Using to, two, too, there, their, they're, your, you're correctly and other confusing words

Updated on May 12, 2014

Sometimes so confusing!



They say English is one of the hardest languages to learn. I am not bi or tri-lingual and I certainly struggle with using English correctly. Since I barely master English, and have a horrid memory, the thought of learning other languages is intimidating. Even though I'd love to be that talented.

In writing this article, my goal is not only to re-educate myself and have a reference point for when I make mistakes, but also help others use these words correctly, and with confidence.

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Four Eyes Are Better Than Two

When you write or publish an advertisement, article, or book, it's in your best interest to have an editor look over your work. Four eyes viewing something is almost always better than two, even in my profession in Finance/Accounting, I often seek co-workers eyes to look over detailed spreadsheets missing key formulas or when things just won't balance. But not everyone is lucky enough to afford the luxury of an editor, and often that means re-reading, and correcting, and proofing, over and over until you feel it's perfected, and even then you may overlook mistakes. I often do this, even when I've sworn I've read something 15x. Sometimes it just helps to ask a trusted friend for feedback and constructive criticism of your work. I may have mistakes within this very article on exactly what I'm writing about!

Correct Grammar is very important to get your point across and be clear and concise in what you are trying to tell your reader. How sad is it to read a really good piece of work, only to have it destroyed or totally misunderstood by improper word usage? Not only do you lose your audience, but they probably won't be back to read more of your work. You become discredited, look uneducated, and seem unreliable.

When you are focusing on content writing or any type of writing, losing your audience is the last thing you want to do!

Words words words

There are so many words in the English language that are confusing. Some spelled the same with different meanings, others spelled different with the same meanings. Such as homophones, “Homo” means “same,” and “phone” means “sound.” When you are out of school and no longer taking basic English grammar classes or English 101, it's very easy to forget correct usage, context and placement.

We have a lot of goofy words in the English language. Tea, tee, see, sea, on and on it goes. But don't be scared or intimidated. With a little awareness, common sense, memory and practice, you'll have these words mastered in no time flat.

Here are some of the most common misused words and how to use them.

To, Two, Too, There, Their, They're

How to use
this is a preposition or an infinitive used before a verb
"please take me to the store", or "we are not going to buy that right now"
This is a quantity
"there are two pencils on the table"
this is a synonym for ALSO
"I am going to the store, are you coming too?"
Shows ownership
"Is that your coat on the floor?"
this is short for you are
"I hope you're having a great day"
as an adverb, meaning the opposite of here
"it's not here, it's over there"
as an adjective, emphasizing which person
"the cat is over there"
as a noun, meaning “that place”
"we ran from here to there"
as a pronoun used to introduce a noun or a phrase
"there are too many people on this bus"
is a plural possessive adjective, which describe something that belongs to “them.”
"isn't that their homework?"
is short for they are
"they're going on a walk"

And now you have it!

Now you have a good idea of how to use these words when creating your literary masterpieces!

You can also use this as a reference point if you are confused during your writing. Sadly, I have to make a point to do this because these words confuse me frequently. In many of my hubs or blogs you may notice I've misused these words. Please by all means, bring this to my attention! I am never offended, and prefer to correct my errors and learn from them.

If all else fails, get a pocket grammar guide!

© 2013 Rebecca


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    • Bishop55 profile image

      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks Chris. I fixed it all up. I figured I'd have a mistake. lol

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      Chris 3 years ago

      Mistake in the example: "there are to many people on this bus" where there is being used as a pronoun. It should be too.

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      OMGirdle 4 years ago from United States

      Usage is the biggest challenge as a writer. I am writing a similar hub regarding a couple of words that truly get on my last nerve. This is why I love this community. We share information that can help each other become better at what we love to do. Thank you for sharing this and helping us keep on track! Voted Up!

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Wow Janet! I'm jealous! I wish I could conquer English, let alone all the languages you know. I took 4 years of Spanish, and can hardly remember it! Thanks for your comment and taking the time to read my hub!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I didn't know that English was one of the hardest languages to learn. I have ever thought that German is more complicated. German grammar is even more confusing. And I also think that French is more complicated than German and English together. How do I know that? I'm a German native speaker, English is my second and French my third language.

      Anyway, this hub is very useful and refreshes our grammar skills. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Yeah...I noticed that. I've never had issues before this one either. I'm not sure what would cause that.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      I love getting such great comments! Thank you everyone. I need an editor too. so far, the job falls on my sister and husband. LOL.

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      ah the art of the English language, it is indeed a complex machine...

      this was a great refresher read, that brought to mind how much I need to find a good editor... thank you

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Good hub and reminder of how to certain versions of a word correctly. Voted up.

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I think I found this on the main page, I didn't go looking for it. I don't know why the link is garbled for pinterest though. I never noticed any other links that I've pinned coming through the same way.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment and voting up. For some reason this hub is not showing up on the main page. Hubpages seems to have funky glitches! lol

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Great hub. I agree with everything you said and I found no mistakes in this hub.

      I have a pinterest board of great hubs and tried to pin this, but the title showed up differently than most and I wasn't sure how it would link, so I refrained for now.

      Voted you up, by the way.