Many words in the English language sound the same, yet the spelling differs. These words prove challenging to anyone learning the English language. Take the stress out of learning by memorizing 10 homonyms that trick English students.
Contractions trick many English students. A contraction is a set of words joined by an apostrophe (‘) to form one word. It’s is short for “it is.”
Its is used to state possession of an item. “Its feathers are blue.” In this case, the feathers belong to “it.”
Here’s a quick way to remember the correct word to use when you need their, there, or they’re.
Their involves people. Think of “I” as being a person, and you’ll remember to use “their” with an “I” when talking about people.
There involves location. Think of it as being the opposite to “here.” If you’re not here, you’re there.
“They’re” is a contraction. It means “they are.”
Students often become confused with these three words. To is a preposition that dictates a direction: “He went to the lake.” To is also used to change a verb to a simple form known as the infinitive, such as “He wants to go.”
Too means “also” or “extra.” An example would be, “I saw too many bees and came inside.”
Two is always the number. “There are two shoes in the box.”
You’re is another contraction. In this care, you’re stands for “you are.”
Your replaces a person’s name. When talking to Jack, you wouldn’t say “Jack’s sister is Suzy.” He may think you’re talking about another Jack. It’s better to replace his name and say “Your sister is Suzy.”
This is just a small list of words English students find confusing. They’re also words that get used frequently, so they’re important to master. What other words challenge you? Share in the comments below.