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There, Their, or They’re? May 31, 2013

The English language is full of problems like the one presented by there, their and they’re. Most native English speakers pronounce these the same way; therefore, it is difficult for some to judge in which situation to use which spelling. Each spelling means a very different thing; if you’d like to learn the difference, read on!

 

Reposted from – http://www.wikihow.com/Use-There,-Their-and-They%27re

 

Use there when referring to a place, whether concrete (“over there by the building”) or more abstract (“it must be difficult to live there”).

  • There is an antique store on Camden Avenue.
  • The science textbooks are over there on the floor.
  • There are many documents that are used in investigations.

 

Also use there with the verb BE (is, am, are, was, were) to indicate the existence of something, or to mention something for the first time.

  • There is a picnic area over here, and a monster and a campground across the river.
  • “I see there are new flowers coming up in your garden.” “Yes, they are the ones my grandmother gave me last year.”

Use their to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.

  • My friends have lost their tickets.
  • Their things were strewn about the office haphazardly.

Remember that they’re is a contraction of the words they and are. It can never be used as a modifier, only as a subject (who or what does the action) and verb (the action itself).

  • Hurry up! They’re closing the mall at six tonight!
  • I’m glad that they’re so nice to new students here.

Test your usage. When you use any of these three words, get in the habit of asking yourself these questions, but remember that they will not work in all cases though:

  • If you wrote there, will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with here? If so, you’re using it correctly.
  • If you chose their, will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with our? If so, you’ve chosen the correct word.
  • If you used they’re, will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with they are? If so, you’re on the right track!
  • Wrong: Their is no one here.
  • Wrong: Shelley wants to know if there busy.
  • Wrong: The dogs are happily chewing on they’re bones.
  • RIGHT: I can’t believe they’re leaving their children there, alone!

Recognize incorrect examples and learn from the mistakes. By looking over others’ work with a critical eye, you can become more sensitized to correct usage and practice it yourself.

  • Wrong: Their is no one here.
  • Wrong: Shelley wants to know if there busy.
  • Wrong: The dogs are happily chewing on they’re bones.
  • RIGHT: I can’t believe they’re leaving their children there, alone!

TIPS:

  • Spell out your contractions. Replace can’t with cannot, you’re with you are, and they’re with they are. This way, you will catch yourself if you make a mistake in writing.
    • The students misplaced they’re books → The students misplaced they are books.
      • Here, the second sentence makes no sense; hence, it is improper usage.
  • Turn off the auto-correct feature in your word processor. People tend to get lazy and forget special rules when the computer automatically corrects mistakes like the ones listed above.
  • If you’re unsure if you’re using “their” correctly, try replacing it with “my” —the sentence should work with the substitution. For example: Their house is purple. If you replace “their” with “my” the sentence still makes sense: My house is purple. So, you know you’re using “their” correctly.
  • If you’ve ruled out “they’re” or “their” as the correct form, then “there” is one you should go with!
  • If you have “there is” or “there are” then it’s always “there” — you’d never say “they’re is” or “they’re are” or “their is” or “their are”.
  • Remember there, their, and they’re by the following rules:
    • there: the word here is in there so refer to there as a word for location.
    • their: the word he is in their so refer to their as a word for people.
    • theyre: there is an in they’re so they’re is like they are. Instead of saying they’re, say they are to see if it makes sense.
  • Another hint: “there” has “here” buried inside it to remind you it refers to place, while “their” has “heir” buried in it to remind you that it has to do with possession
  • Try imagining this scene: you see your neighbours standing outside their house, picking up garbage that they accidentally spilled on the ground. You point at them and say to your friend: “Look over there [location], they’re [they are] picking up their garbage [possession]”

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Sample Letters, Let us help you start writing your letter! September 30, 2012

Do you ever want or need to write a few letters to someone, but have trouble getting started? Do you have family, friends or business colleagues you just want to stay in touch with, but get writers block and struggle to even get a letter started?


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We have a number of different sample letter categories, and a number of sample letters available within each category.


Choose from our: Love Letters, Thank You Letters, Job Application Letters, Business Letters, Rejection Letters, Birthday Letters, Legal Letters, Complaint Letters, Pen Pal Letters.


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Common Errors with the English Language April 30, 2011

So, you know when you are writing letters to your Congressman (or Congresswoman) to tell them you think some of your state laws are all wrong, and you can’t decide whether or not to use “backward”, or “backwards”? You feel the people representing you need to have more “sympathy” for the voters in the district. Or maybe it’s “empathy”? Or, perhaps you are writing them to ask when they will be writing their “biography”, or is it “autobiography”?

Well, here’s a site that addresses all of these confusing issues and shows you the correct way to use these words, and many more:
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html

And just so you know, as an adverb, either word will do: “put the shirt on backward” or “put the shirt on backwards.” However, as an adjective, only “backward” will do: “a backward glance.” When in doubt, use “backward.”

Oh, and it’s properly pronounced as “new-clee-er”, NOT “nook-you-ler”!?

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There, Their, or They’re? February 27, 2011

The English language is full of problems like the one presented by there, their and they’re. Most native English speakers pronounce these the same way; therefore, it is difficult for some to judge in which situation to use which spelling. Each spelling means a very different thing; if you’d like to learn the difference, read on!

 

Reposted from – http://www.wikihow.com/Use-There,-Their-and-They%27re

 

Use there when referring to a place, whether concrete (“over there by the building”) or more abstract (“it must be difficult to live there”).

  • There is an antique store on Camden Avenue.
  • The science textbooks are over there on the floor.
  • There are many documents that are used in investigations.

 

Also use there with the verb BE (is, am, are, was, were) to indicate the existence of something, or to mention something for the first time.

  • There is a picnic area over here, and a monster and a campground across the river.
  • “I see there are new flowers coming up in your garden.” “Yes, they are the ones my grandmother gave me last year.”

Use their to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.

  • My friends have lost their tickets.
  • Their things were strewn about the office haphazardly.

Remember that they’re is a contraction of the words they and are. It can never be used as a modifier, only as a subject (who or what does the action) and verb (the action itself).

  • Hurry up! They’re closing the mall at six tonight!
  • I’m glad that they’re so nice to new students here.

Test your usage. When you use any of these three words, get in the habit of asking yourself these questions, but remember that they will not work in all cases though:

  • If you wrote there, will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with here? If so, you’re using it correctly.
  • If you chose their, will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with our? If so, you’ve chosen the correct word.
  • If you used they’re, will the sentence still make sense if you replace it with they are? If so, you’re on the right track!
  • Wrong: Their is no one here.
  • Wrong: Shelley wants to know if there busy.
  • Wrong: The dogs are happily chewing on they’re bones.
  • RIGHT: I can’t believe they’re leaving their children there, alone!

Recognize incorrect examples and learn from the mistakes. By looking over others’ work with a critical eye, you can become more sensitized to correct usage and practice it yourself.

  • Wrong: Their is no one here.
  • Wrong: Shelley wants to know if there busy.
  • Wrong: The dogs are happily chewing on they’re bones.
  • RIGHT: I can’t believe they’re leaving their children there, alone!

TIPS:

  • Spell out your contractions. Replace can’t with cannot, you’re with you are, and they’re with they are. This way, you will catch yourself if you make a mistake in writing.
    • The students misplaced they’re books → The students misplaced they are books.
      • Here, the second sentence makes no sense; hence, it is improper usage.
  • Turn off the auto-correct feature in your word processor. People tend to get lazy and forget special rules when the computer automatically corrects mistakes like the ones listed above.
  • If you’re unsure if you’re using “their” correctly, try replacing it with “my” —the sentence should work with the substitution. For example: Their house is purple. If you replace “their” with “my” the sentence still makes sense: My house is purple. So, you know you’re using “their” correctly.
  • If you’ve ruled out “they’re” or “their” as the correct form, then “there” is one you should go with!
  • If you have “there is” or “there are” then it’s always “there” — you’d never say “they’re is” or “they’re are” or “their is” or “their are”.
  • Remember there, their, and they’re by the following rules:
    • there: the word here is in there so refer to there as a word for location.
    • their: the word he is in their so refer to their as a word for people.
    • theyre: there is an in they’re so they’re is like they are. Instead of saying they’re, say they are to see if it makes sense.
  • Another hint: “there” has “here” buried inside it to remind you it refers to place, while “their” has “heir” buried in it to remind you that it has to do with possession
  • Try imagining this scene: you see your neighbours standing outside their house, picking up garbage that they accidentally spilled on the ground. You point at them and say to your friend: “Look over there [location], they’re [they are] picking up their garbage [possession]”

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How to Write a Letter October 29, 2008

 

    Sometimes you know you may need or want to send a letter to family member, friend or a business, but getting started or understanding the different components and aspects of writing a letter may not be clear to you.  Wikihow.com provides a great general summary of “How to write a letter”. 
     
    In the age of e-mail and cell phones, writing a letter may seem like an ancient ritual that is only practiced by those of earlier generations, but there are many personal and professional rewards to sitting down and expressing yourself with a written letter. Whether writing a quick note to a friend to say hello or composing a business letter to an authority figure, writing a letter shows effort, respect and care for others.  Wikihow.com provides a great general summary of “How to write a letter”
     
     
  1. Provide the context of the letter. Put all the information that the reader will want to know at the beginning of the letter, before you even begin to write the body. If you’re writing to a close friend, you won’t need much except the date, which will be good for if they save your letter and want to remember when they received it. If you’re writing a business letter, on the other hand, the reader may not even know who wrote the letter (if an assistant threw the envelopes away before passing along the letters). The arrangement of this information depends on what kind of letter you’re writing, but as long as you provide it neatly and completely, you should be fine:
    • Your address, sometimes including contact information; some people prefer to write this out at the bottom of the letter, under the signature and printed name. This can also go at the top as letterhead.
    • The recipient’s name, address, contact information; in business letters, this can be referred to as the “inside address”; if you don’t know the recipient’s title (Ms., Mrs., Mr., or Dr.) err on the side of caution–use Ms. or Dr. if you think it might apply;use your country’s address format; if the inside address is in a country other than yours, write their country’s name in capital letters as the last line.
    • The date
    • A subject line, usually beginning with “RE:” (e.g. RE: Graduation application #4487)
  2. Start with a proper greeting. The opening should begin at the left side of the page, not the middle or up against the right side of the sheet. The most common opening is “Dear” followed by the person’s first name and a comma. For a more casual greeting, you can write “Hello (name),” or “Hey (name),” but if the letter is more formal, use the recipient’s last name and a colon instead of a comma (e.g. “Dear Mr. Johnson:”. Sometimes, if you don’t know the recipient’s name, you can write “To Whom It May Concern:” If you don’t know the person’s gender, write out their full name (e.g. Dear Ashley Johnson:).
  3. Write an opening paragraph. Tailor your opening to the recipient. For example, if the letter is casual, you can begin with, “What’s up?” or “How’s it going?”. Otherwise, a simple “How are you?” is fine. If it is a business letter, go straight to explaining why you are writing the letter. Summarize your intentions and be sure to write clearly so the reader will understand you.
  4. Construct the body of the letter. This is the part that will really be unique to each letter. Most business letters should be no more than two pages long, but casual letters can be as long or as short as you want them to be. No matter who you’re writing to, try not to ramble. Keep each paragraph engaging.
  5. Use the closing paragraph to indicate the type of response you are seeking. If you would like a letter in return, you can write, “Please write when you have a chance” or, if you prefer a phone call/email, write “Call me soon.” or “Email me some time”.
  6. Include a closing such as “Love always” ,”Cheers”, “Sincerely”, “Talk soon”, or “Look forward to seeing you soon”. Again, choose your closing based on the recipient. The closing can be aligned on the left or the right side of the page. In business letters, stick with “Regards,” or “Respectfully,” and sign your name underneath. Then print your name under the signature.
  7. Address your envelope. Your address should be written on the front of the envelope in the upper left hand corner or on the back. The recipient’s address must be on the front of the envelope, right in the middle. Fold your letter in any way you would like, but just be sure that it will fit into the envelope. Put your letter in the envelope, seal it, stamp it and send it off.  <– iwiLetter.com will handle this part of it for you 😉
     
    Wikihow.com also provides specific information and instructions to follow when writing specific kinds of letters, whether they are Complaint Letters, Business Letters, Personal Letters, Job Resignation Letters, etc.  For example:
     
    Complaint Letters
    There is no reason for consumers to be unhappy with the goods and services they receive. A respectful and thoughtful, though forceful, Complaint Letter/letter of grievance can turn a lemon into lemonade. How to do it is covered here, covering things like:
    -Be polite! Being rude won’t get you anywhere.
    -Keep on point and get to the point fast.
    -State specifically what outcome or remedy you want.
     
    Job Resignation Letters
    One of the greatest secrets of career success is knowing when to move on. With the right resignation letter, you will do so with satisfaction and leave on good terms with your previous employer.  For example:
    -Say thank you. Resist the temptation to leave a piece of your mind.
    -Give proper notice. It is simple courtesy.Wikihow also gives Tips and Warnings to following when writing a Resignation Letter, for example:
    -Do not discuss your resignation with co-workers.
    -Keep any emotion out of the letter. Avoid the temptation to tell off your boss, spreading mistrust, etc. 
    http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Resignation-Letter
    Letters to Government Officials
    Wikihow.com even provides a  ‘How To’ guide on Writing a Letter to a Government Official.  How often have we been advised to ‘write our Congressmen’ when we’re up to our armpits in some sort of dilemma or challenge such as mammoth-sized pot-holes, funky school lunches, or runaway drug costs for senior citizens? So now you’ve decided to take action and ask for help from your Uncle Sam (or local Alderman). Good for you, let’s get started!
    http://www.wikihow.com/Address-a-Letter-to-a-Government-Official
    Well, there’s some How, Why, and Who about writing and sending letters.  Let’s get started writing letters now!  iwLetter.com not only provides the quick and easy way to send a real letter online, we also provide Sample Letters to help you get started! http://iwiletter.com/loadsampleletter.html
     
     
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