Common Mistakes in English

This week we have got a great comic for you guys that will help explain a confusion often made even by native English speakers! 

That’s right, our friends at Kaplan have another great lesson for us explaining the difference between YOU’RE and YOUR. Stay tuned, because after the comic I am going to explain some other common mistakes made by English learners and native speakers alike.

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With out further ado, let’s get started:

Kaplan your v you're


The Message

Did you understand the comic?

  • You’re – a contraction of “you are” (For example: You’re good at fishing).
  • Your – the second person possessive (For example: Your dad is good at fishing).

These two terms are homophones (they sound the same, but are spelled differently), and confusing them can lead to some pretty funny misunderstandings, like in this comic.

Can you think of other homonyms similar to “you’re” and “your”?

your-you'reThey’re vs. their vs. there

  • They’re – a contraction of “they are” (For example: They’re tall)
  • Their – the third person plural possessive (For example: Their brother is tall)
  • There – indication of a place (For example: I live in Brazil. Have you ever been there?)

It’s vs. Its

  • It’s – a contraction of “it is” (For example: It’s a brown dog).
  • Its – the third person singular neutral possessive (For example: The dog lost its collar)

If you’ve ever been confused by these types of homonyms, don’t worry, even native speakers mistake them from time to time! Just remember, practice makes perfect.

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