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Choosing the Correct Word

The English language—gotta love it. Even native speakers get things mixed up. There are so many words that sound the same and yet have different meanings and different spelling. I thought I’d take a look at some more. You may remember awhile back, my blog about to, too, and two. This week is about your, you’re and yore.

Your is an adjective. It shows possession. Is this your coat? It can also refer to people in general. The room is air-conditioned for your comfort. Your can relate to something by or for you. I really appreciate your help with washing the dog.

You’re is a contraction. It’s a shortened version of you are. You’re going shopping later?

Yore is a noun and refers to a time that’s long past. It’s usually used in the phrase, of yore. There were no word processors for the writers of yore.

Fortunately, for us modern writers, software catches some inadvertent mistakes and brings our attention back to them, but it doesn’t always catch everything. I’ve slipped up and typed your welcome when I meant you’re welcome.

So, take your time and read over what you write with a critical eye. Your editors and beta readers will be grateful.

Sorry, I missed last week’s blog. I’ve been editing my next book Resonance to send it out to my beta readers. It’s a time travel romance and it’s taking up a lot of my time. ;->

Happy Writing :->

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