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Everyone Does It: Three Common Homophones

Everyone Does It (aka EDI) is my blog series dedicated to common mistakes that I run into while editing. These are some of the most common things that I correct on almost every project.

This week I’m highlighting three common homophones. What is a homophone exactly?

Our friends at Merriam Webster explain it as the following:

Here are three homophones that I correct often. Most people believe that they know the difference between the spellings but they often slip through the autocorrect cracks and consistently play tricks on us when doing that final review.

To, Two, and Too

To means movement toward

Two is the number 2

Too means also, in addition to

There, Their, and They’re

There means a place or idea

Their means ownership

They’re is a contraction and means “they are”

(Merriam-Webster has a great lesson about these three words. Check it out HERE.)

Your and You’re

Your means of or relating to you or yourself

You’re is a contraction and is short for “you are”

I hope this post sheds some light on a few words that often slip through autocorrect and consistently play tricks on us when doing that final review. I hope you will now be able to remember these tips the next time you write something.



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