Jennifer could care less about getting to the party on time.
Jennifer could not (couldn't) care less about getting to the party on time.
Your so funny!
You're so funny!
- your: showing ownership; you own something (e.g. your jacket)
- you're: you are (e.g. You're fired; You're my friend)
a figurative expression
- Example: She's pulling my leg. (She is not literally pulling on your leg.)
- The English language is estimated to have about 25,000 idioms
What is the difference between e.g. and i.e.?
e.g. is used when listing examples: "The supermarket had every kind of fruit you could want (e.g. apples, bananas, mangos, blueberries)."
i.e. is used for clarification of an idea: "The supermarket had green apples, i.e., a round fruit with a green exterior and a tart taste."
affect / effect
affect: to influence
effect: a result
- Literally means "and other things"
- Full Latin spelling: et cetera
- "The band members packed their instruments for the concert: trumpets, trombones, tubas, etc."
principal / principle
principle: a rule
col, com, con
- collectively (all together)
- communal (shared)
- conjoined (stuck together)
between or amongst
- international (between nations)
- intercede (to come between)
stationary / stationery
stationary: standing still
stationery: formal writing paper, envelopes
against or not
- dislike (not like)
- disconnected (not connected)
- disarray (not in order)
allowed / aloud
aloud: out loud
For all intensive purposes, this is the same homework assignment Mr. Andrews gave us yesterday.
For all intents and purposes, this is the same homework assignment Mr. Andrews gave us yesterday.
ascent / assent
- antibody (a protein that targets foreign agents in the body)
- antithesis (a contrasting idea)
What is a conjunction?
a word that connects ideas
pedal / petal / peddle
pedal: lever operated by one's foot
petal: leaves of a flower
peddle: to sell
Mark was suppose to pick up the pizza on his way home.
Mark was supposed to pick up the pizza on his way home.
across, beyond, or to change
- transform (to change in structure or composition)
- transoceanic (beyond the ocean)
their / there / they're
their: showing ownership
there: indicating direction
they're: they are
against, not, or opposite
- unceasing (never ending)
- unequal (not equal)
What is a noun?
a person, place, thing, or idea
- New York City
to / too / two
to: a preposition that indicates direction or relationship
too: also, an excessive amount
two: the number "2"
- precede (to be earlier than)
- precaution (care taken beforehand)
What is an adjective?
a describing word