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05/28/2015

Homophones

When speaking, we rarely pay much attention to which words we are using, they just flow naturally from our mouths. This creates some problems for many students learning to write because a lot of words in English have the same pronunciation, but are spelt differently and have significantly different meanings. These words are collectively known as homophones. The Tutoring Center in Lake Forest would like to help clarify the difference between some of the most commonly misused homophones here:

There, Their, They’re

There 

  • Use ‘there’ when writing about a place. 
  • The place can be either physical ("over there by the blue car") or more general ("it must be difficult to live there")
  • .Also use ‘there’ with "to be" verbs. There paired with a "to be" verb indicates the existence of something, or mentions something of significance.There is an amusement park not far from here.There are many steps in the college application process.

Their

  • Use ‘their’ to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to somebody particular.
  • My friends have lost their tickets.
  • Their toys were scattered all around the house.

They’re

  • ‘They're’ is a contraction of the words they and are. Use it only as a subject (who or what does the action).
  • They’re buying a pizza on the way to his house.
  • I really hate it when they’re late.

Homophones are unnoticeable when speaking but knowing the difference between them when writing is absolute key to improving writing skills. Writing is something that takes a lot of time and practice to perfect. If you would like information on specially designed, one-to-one privatetutoring in  Lake Forest contact us today at 949-273-3534. With the right academic program for your child, writing can become as easy as ABC.

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