Saturday, March 1, 2014

Grammar Nazi Count-Down: Episode One - your vs. you're

Nardvark is always busy with important endeavors like getting to the next level on video game phone apps, eating, making deep-fried peanut-butter-and-mustard sandwiches, and napping, so he rarely has time for editing his papers for school.  Knowing as he does that editing papers must be done, he passes them through the mirror to Nerdvark for a once-over.  Nerdvark loves editing papers, but when he sees the state of Nardvark's writing, his reaction ranges from mild concussion with vomiting to massive hemorrhaging of the cerebral cortex.  Luckily, Nerdvark is a comic-strip character, so he always feels better by the next frame.  Regardless, he has compiled the... 
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10. HOMONYMS
Yeah, you read that right.  Homonyms are words that sound the same but have different meanings, and often different spellings.  It's the different spellings that give Nerdvark nosebleeds.

E.g.: red/read (that's an easy one!) --  Nerdvark's  nose bled red blood because he read Nardvark's poorly written essay.

More difficult e.g.: your/you're -- Your is a possessive, like his, her, and their. (woah, that's another one!) You're is an abbreviation for you are.  Nerdvark's nose bleeds when Nardvark texts him with the phrase "your welcome."  Nerdvark replies, "My welcome?"  Nardvark doesn't get it.  An easy way to remember is to see if the words you are can be used instead.  If yes, then you're is your word!


Come back next time for more grammar not-see-ism.