I can't believe I graduated from college without knowing the rules for "its and it's" -- a newspaper editor had to teach me. My spelling bugaboo was "recommend". I always thought it had two c's and one m. I learned the truth while serving on a county grand jury when we had to make "recommendations" in our final report, where I was the recommended writer.
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Thanks for that great answer, those two words, I'm having trouble with.
Another one to add to my list of words that I'm having trouble with.
Thanks a lot for your answer! It may just stick this time! I used to have trouble with "it's" vs "its" regarding possession, but now I just remember that the possessive "its", as far as I'm concerned, is an exception to the apostrophe rule.
That's true. It's a game of simple 'a' and 'e' letters with so varied meaning.
colons not, but semicolons. Where to use semicolons? and frequency of commas?
Yes, it is a tedious exercise.
If you don't mind it, may I clarify? "Were' is used as past tense for 'are'. For example, they "were" my friends inplace of "these are my friends".
Where is used to ask 'where' are my friends?
Where refers to a question whereas "were" to presence
Thank you Venkatachari. I didn't know that, long time ago since I went to school. Have copied this so next time I use those words I will take note and use the correct word. Appreciated.
One more spelling mistakes, that I often commit, I just located it. I every time spell "preperation" instead of preparation. The 'e' and 'a' confusion while spelling it.