We all know how strange the English language is and it’s difficult to get everything right. I’m not just talking about Spanish students who are studying English in Barcelona, I’m also talking about people who speak English as a first language. I write all day, everyday and I still make some of these mistakes!
Your / You’re
My friends on Facebook, many of which speak English as their first and only language, always get this wrong and it’s really frustrating. Although I must say, I used to make this mistake too.
Your = Possessive
“Your” means “belonging to you”.
e.g. “This is your jacket”
“You’re” = “You are”
e.g. “You’re the best friend I have ever had”
NB When you see people write: “This is you’re jacket”, they are saying “This is you are jacket”. You can see the mistake! Don’t forget, in English, the apostrophe often indicates an abbreviation
To Vs Too
This is another common problem and people often get the two confused.
“Too” can be used to express “an excess”.
e.g. “I have drank too much coffee”. This expresses that somebody has drank an excess of coffee.
“I am too tired to go to the gym”
“To” is usually used with a verb.
e.g. “I am going to france”
“I like to read”
“I want to run”
Choose Vs Chose
Because choose and chose sound so similar, it is often difficult to remember which is the past tense version.
Just remember that “choose” is the present and future, and it has 2 “Os”. One “O” for the present and one “O” for the future.
e.g. “Today I will choose which university I will go to”
e.g. “Tomorrow I will choose which book to read”
The past only has one “O”.
e.g. “Yesterday I chose a book to read, it’s great!”
e.g. “Last year I chose a film to watch but it was terrible”