grammar post

Grammar 2: Your/You’re, Which/That, There/their/they’re

You can’t tell, but she just read a ‘your’ which should’ve been ‘you’re’ and she wants to stab you in the ear with a knitting needle.

Grammar Post #2

(the first was about commas)

There are so many of these kind of posts out there that it’s shameful, but every fucking day I see people doing it wrong. I read it in submissions from people who should know better (at my “day job,” not with my Callie Press friends—they don’t even write the things, either I do or we do it together). But listen, it’s simple. I hope to explain these in the simplest way ever so it sticks. Ready? Read:

YOUR—belongs to you.

YOU’RE—something you are.

WHICH—is something that doesn’t change the meaning if you cut the phrase out. Comma.

THAT—is something that changes the meaning if you cut the phrase out. No comma.

THERE—a place.

THEIR—belongs to them.

THEY’RE—something they are.

Really, people. At least try. I get the which/that wrong a lot, but at least there are no apostrophes involved.

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