Friday, July 23, 2010

Common Errors “Spell Check” Won’t Catch

SHOOT: I hate to admit this but I think somewhere along the line I forgot that 'threw' is a word, and I've been using 'through' since then. Hang on, on the other hand, maybe not...see below for details
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Its versus It’s (and all other apostrophes):

According to a copy editing instructor for California-based copy
editing service provider Edicetera, confusing “its” and “it’s” is
the most common error in the English language. That one minuscule
apostrophe (or lack thereof) drastically changes the meaning of the
entire sentence. “It’s” is a contraction of “it is,” whereas “its”
refers to possession. Also, watch out for “your” versus
Affect versus Effect

There is a lot of confusion around this one but here’s the rule:
“Affect” is a verb and “effect” is a noun. It’s as simple as

Would Have NOT Would of
The subtlety in pronunciation leads to the rampant misuse of this
phrase; however “would of” is never correct and may make you appear
as if you are not well-read.
Through versus Threw
“He threw the ball through the window.” “Threw”
is a verb and “through” is a preposition. And speaking of
“through,” be careful to make sure you don’t actually mean
“thorough” or vice versa.
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