Contractions and possessive forms
- When planning to use an 's ending, check to see if you are using a possessive form (i.e. Big B's post, meaning a post belonging to Big B) or a shortened form for saying something is doing something (i.e. Big B's going backstage, although in this case it is probably clearer to say Big B is going backstage). This is just a quick way to know whether or not an 's is appropriate to use.
- The word its is a possessive form - it means "belonging to it." It's is a shortened form for "it is" - read through the context to see which is correct.
Words commonly misused
There are several words that are commonly misused. Here are a few of them and the meanings behind them.
- Their/they're/there. Their is a possessive form, meaning "belonging to them." They're is a contraction, meaning "they are." There is a place - not here.
- Its/it's. Addressed above, its is a possessive term, meaning belonging to it. It's is a contraction, meaning "it is."
- To/too/two. To can be used in a few ways, but often involves a direction, meaning not from. Too is another way to say "also," and can be used to indicate an abundance of something (i.e. too much). Two is the loneliest number since the number one.