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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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What’s more exciting, receiving another email, or a real letter? April 30, 2013



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Sample Letter Templates, let us help you get started writing! March 31, 2013

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?


Let iwiLetter.com help you get started with one of our Sample Letters. You can choose a sample letter and edit it as much or as little as you need to personalize it, or you can just send the sample letter to your recipient as-is and be done with it.


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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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Write Letters to Prisoners February 28, 2013

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Do you have a family member or loved one in prison that you want to communicate with? Phone calls and visitations are few and far between so why not send them a letter? Imagine the hours and hours alone a prisoner must spend each day. Wouldn’t a letter from a loved one brighten up their day? A letter is something a prison inmate can read, save, and re-read over and over again…it’s something that can remind them of home, family, friends and loved ones….something they can use to “get away” from the countless hours isolated and by themselves.

Even if you don’t know someone currently in prison, why not become Pen Pals with a prison inmate, brighten their days and make yourself feel better in the process. Getting to know someone in circumstances that are completely different than your own can be very interesting and rewarding.

WriteaPrisoner.com is a site that allows people to find prisoners that have indicated they are available and interested in starting a pen pal relationship. Some great info about becoming pen pals with an inmate can be found HERE. There are tips for writing to prisoners, some ideas of what to write about, some expectations of what you may experience, etc. Here’s a list of sites that help you find a Prison Pen Pal, via Yahoo! Directory.

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Santa Letters – send letters “from Santa” to your child! December 18, 2012

Searching for that last perfect present for your child(ren) this Holiday Season? Not finding anything that’s meaningful for them without spending a thousand dollars for that pony or dirt-bike? Send them a real letter from Santa Claus! Visit iwiLetter.com and type the letter as if Santa had personally written it to your child, select “North Pole, Alaska” as the return address on the envelope and we’ll print it, stuff the envelope, and drop it in the mail for you arriving in your mailbox in time for Christmas!


Imagine the surprise on their face when they open the mailbox and find a letter addressed To: “THEM”, From: “Santa”! Maybe Santa will ask them if they’ve been naughty or nice this past year. Maybe Santa will let them know he is packing his sleigh, checking his list, and preparing the reindeer for the trip to your house in a few weeks. Maybe Santa can let your kids know that they need to be on their best behavior to make sure he stops by your house this year 😉


It’s quick, easy, and only $2. Simply visit iwiLetter.com and type the letter you want your children to receive “from Santa”. Address the envelope to your home address, choose 101 St. Nicholas Drive, North Pole, AK 99705 as the return address (or whatever return address you want…current iwiLetter users, just click “My Account”, then “Edit Account Info” to change your Return Address) , then complete your order. We’ll print it, stuff the envelope, stamp it with a First-Class U.S. stamp, and drop it in the mail….all within 24 hours.


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We Can Still be Friends, Right? November 30, 2012

So you’re on Facebook, your friends are too, now your Mom and even Grandma are on there as well. Facebook is a great way to say in touch and up to speed with all the people that you love, and it’s also a great way to stay up to speed with the things that you like too, iwiLetter!

 

iwiLetter.com is the quick and easy way to write and send letters from your laptop (or PC). Simply visit iwiLetter.com, type your letter, and we’ll print it, stuff it, stamp it, and drop it in the mail for you. Imagine the surprise you’ll give your Mom or Grandma (or Dad, or Grandpa, or sibling, or business colleague, or housing tenant, or large corporation that needs to hear a piece of your mind, etc.) when they receive a nice letter from you in the mail, instead of an IM over Facebook.

 

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You Can Travel Through Time! October 31, 2012

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Ever wish you could travel through time?  With iwiLetter you can!  Have you ever had a letter you needed sent on a certain day, but you’re not sure you’ll remember to write it or drop it in the mail at the right time?  Don’t you wish you could travel into the future, write the letter and drop it in the mail, then return back to the present time?

iwiLetter.com can help.  iwiLetter let’s you type letters now and pick the date in the future that they’ll be sent.  Do you have a bunch of important events or birthdays coming up next month but don’t think you’ll find the time to write them at the right time?  Write them now and pick the date you want them sent and iwiLetter will print and mail them on the day you want them to go out.

It’s really easy, just visit iwiLetter.com then go to the Write a Letter page and type your letter.  Click the button to “Pick the Send Date” and complete your letter, it’ll be printed and dropped in the mail on the day you choose!

Imagine how cool it’ll be to tell your friends you just traveled into the future!

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Let’s think of some of the possible uses for this “time travel” feature.
-You’ll be travelling or busy on a date that you need to sit down and write a letter.  Just do it now, and pick the date you want it sent.

-Don’t think you’ll remember to send a letter to all your friends and cousins on their birthday?  Type them all now and just pick a date a few days before their birthdays and they’ll all be amazed at your timeliness and thoughtfulness.

-Maybe you’re feeling rather production today and you want to go ahead and get some things done, like writing some letters you’ll need in the next few weeks/months.

-Surprise Yourself with a letter!  That’s right, write yourself a letter, something that will make you fell good or laugh when you read it.  Chances are, you’ll forget that you sent it, and it’ll be a nice surprise when you get it!

Remember, you can always visit our Sample Letter page to let us help you get started writing your letter.  Just pick one of our sample letters, edit it as needed, and you’re done!  We have Thank You Letters, Birthday Letters, Job Application Letters, Rejection Letters, Love Letters, Business Letters, Legal Letters, Complaint Letters, etc. to choose from.

Have fun, and see you in the future!

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send real letters, write online August 31, 2012

iwiLetter.com is the quick and easy way to send a real letter right from your computer. Write & send a real letter from anywhere you have a computer with Internet access. Just visit http://iwiLetter.com and type your letter, we’ll handle the rest; we’ll print it on recycled paper and envelopes, stuff it, stamp it with a real First-Class U.S. stamp, and drop it in the mail, all for $2.00. It’s quick, convenient and fun! Send friends, family, or business colleagues real snail mail letters without leaving home.

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build friendships and relationships, one letter at a time July 30, 2012

iwiLetter.com is the quick and easy way to send a real letter right from your computer. Write & send a real letter from anywhere you have a computer with Internet access. Just visit http://iwiLetter.com and type your letter, we’ll handle the rest; we’ll print it on recycled paper and envelopes, stuff it, stamp it with a real First-Class U.S. stamp, and drop it in the mail, all for $2.00. It’s quick, convenient and fun! Send friends, family, or business colleagues real snail mail letters without leaving home.

Why use iwiLetter?

  • Don’t have stamps or envelopes lying around? Write an iwiLetter!
  • Bad hand-writing? Send an iwiLetter!
  • Business Traveller stuck in a hotel room with a laptop but no stamps of envelopes? Write an iwiLetter!
  • Are you a Small Business owner but don’t have the time to stuff and lick envelopes, or the money to pay someone to do it for you? Mail your customers an iwiLetter!
  • College Student looking to write home or to Grandma? Send an iwiLetter!
  • Family Members looking to keep others aware of updates and new announcements (babies, weddings, anniversaries, etc.)? Send them an iwiLetter!
  • Do you simply want to make a more professional or memorable impact on someone than email? Write them an iwiLetter. Imagine the message you’ll communicate when they check their mailbox and find a letter To: Them, From: You!

iwiLetter Features:

  • We provide Sample Letters to make it quick and easy to get started. Click HERE to let us help you start writing.
  • Calendar Feature – Write your iwiLetter now, but pick a future date for it to be printed and mailed automatically.
  • Save all of your previously sent letters and addresses in your address book. Easily edit or re-write and mail letters to your contacts.
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Letters of Note May 29, 2012

Re-posted from Letters of Note’s awesome slice of the Web http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/05/it-has-never-got-easier.html


In March of 1962, acclaimed author John Steinbeck wrote the following letter to Edith Mirrielees — a lady who, as his professor of creative writing at Stanford 40 years previous, had been an enormous influence on his development as a writer and, he later claimed, one of the few things he respected about the university.

His fantastic, insightful letter later featured in the paperback edition of Mirrielees’s book, Story Writing.


March 8, 1962


Dear Edith Mirrielees:


I am delighted that your volume Story Writing is going into a paperback edition. It will reach a far larger audience, and that is a good thing. It may not teach the reader how to write a good story, but it will surely help him to recognize one when he reads it.

Although it must be a thousand years ago that I sat in your class in story writing at Stanford, I remember the experience very clearly. I was bright-eyed and bushy-brained and prepared to absorb from you the secret formula for writing good short stories, even great short stories.

You canceled this illusion very quickly. The only way to write a good short story, you said, was to write a good short story. Only after it is written can it be taken apart to see how it was done. It is a most difficult form, you told us, and the proof lies in how very few great short stories there are in the world.

The basic rule you gave us was simple and heartbreaking. A story to be effective had to convey something from writer to reader and the power of its offering was the measure of its excellence. Outside of that, you said, there were no rules. A story could be about anything and could use any means and technique at all—so long as it was effective.

As a subhead to this rule, you maintained that it seemed to be necessary for the writer to know what he wanted to say, in short, what he was talking about. As an exercise we were to try reducing the meat of a story to one sentence, for only then could we know it well enough to enlarge it to three or six or ten thousand words.

So there went the magic formula, the secret ingredient. With no more than that you set us on the desolate lonely path of the writer. And we must have turned in some abysmally bad stories. If I had expected to be discovered in a full bloom of excellence, the grades you gave my efforts quickly disillusioned me. And if I felt unjustly criticized, the judgments of editors for many years afterwards upheld your side, not mine.

It seemed unfair. I could read a fine story and could even know how it was done, thanks to your training. Why could I not do it myself? Well, I couldn’t, and maybe it’s because no two stories dare be alike. Over the years I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced that there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes but by no means always find the way to do it.

It is not so very hard to judge a story after it is written, but after many years, to start a story still scares me to death. I will go so far as to say that the writer who is not scared is happily unaware of the remote and tantalizing majesty of the medium.

I wonder whether you will remember one last piece of advice you gave me. It was during the exuberance of the rich and frantic twenties and I was going out into that world to try to be a writer.

You said, “It’s going to take a long time, and you haven’t any money. Maybe it would be better if you could go to Europe.”

“Why?” I asked.

“Because in Europe poverty is a misfortune, but in America it is shameful. I wonder whether or not you can stand the shame of being poor.”

It wasn’t too long afterwards that the depression came down. Then everyone was poor and it was no shame any more. And so I will never know whether or not I could have stood it. But surely you were right about one thing, Edith. It took a long time—a very long time. And it is still going on and it has never got easier. You told me it wouldn’t.


John Steinbeck





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