Today’s Free Grammar Lesson

Okay, this may come as a shock to some of you (likely not), but I’m a huge grammar freak. Adults should be able to remember the basics from elementary school. With that in mind, Mr. Sepper’s class is now in session.

Apostrophes

  • Apostrophes serve two purposes: to show possession and for contractions. Apostrophes do not indicate plurality!

For example: if referring to more than one book, you would write books not book’s. In hosting, when referring to more than one IP addresses, you would write IPs and not IP’s.

there / their / they’re

  • “There” should be used when referring to a place either directly or indirectly.
  • “Their” should be used when possession is involved.
  • “They’re” should be used in place of “they are”.

For example: They’re all over there by the tables with their iPads.

your / you’re

  • “Your” indicates possession.
  • “You’re” is a contraction for “you are”.

Example: You’re holding your iPhone.
NOT: Your holding an iPhone.

too / to / two

  • “Two” obviously is the number 2.
  • “Too” means both “additionally” and “excessively”.
  • “To” is used as an infinitive,  a preposition, or an anaphor.

Examples:
I like OS X too!
Where should I send this laptop to?

I could go on, but I think that’s enough for this rant.

There’s the bell.. class dismissed.