In our social media writing, there a few mistakes we are making with commonly confused words:
The word your is a possessive pronoun. It shows ownership, belonging, or connection. The word you’re is the contraction for you are.
It is your turn to do the evening chores.
In the morning, you’re responsible for the debriefing.
The word its is a possessive pronoun and shows ownership. The word it’s is the contraction for it is.
Joan’s dog made a habit of chasing its tail.
It’s Joan’s dog that barks all night, keeping the neighbors awake.
Some people think that these two words mean the same, but they have different meanings. The word disinterested means impartial, or not taking sides. The word uninterested means not interested.
The corporation chose a disinterested party to test the new product.
Ginger, uninterested in John’s talk on the manatee, began to doodle in her notebook.
The word elicit means to draw out a reply or reaction. The word illicit means not allowed by law or rules.
The developmental survey will elicit responses from all age groups.
The detective searched the building for an illicit substance.
Directions: Choose the correct word for the sentence.
Paying attention to these common mistakes will avoid the side-eye from (your, you’re) audience.