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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:19 pm 
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Even lifelong native speakers get confused about which word to use, such as:

Then or than?
There, Their or They're?

Here's an excellent, easy-to-use online resource (with handy cheat-sheets!)

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Than-and-Then

http://www.wikihow.com/Category:English-Grammar

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:13 pm 
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One of my biggest struggles has been an understanding of the written English language. Then and than, their, there, and they're are all words I personally have struggled with using. In fact, there are countless areas of speech and punctuation that I struggle with on a regular basis. I appreciate the post. The information was extremely helpful and useful. I appreciate your taking the time to make a post and share the information. I have recently been using a program to help me understand how to improve my writing. My long term goals are to be a published writer, and part of the requirements is the ability to use and structure the English language.

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Part of the problem with English is that there's sometimes no way to actually write what's said accurately.

Example: There are three ways to write "______". (Insert to, too or two; there, their or they're; for, fore or four.)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:01 pm 
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Not only that, but sometimes it is hard to tell in conversation at times.

Personally, I sometimes have to relisten to something a couple of times to get it right.

Of course, sometimes it is something said in jest:

(If it's any constellation, I'm gonna be a star someday!)

It doesn't help when your attention wanders easily - which mine does.

I frequently have to have my fiance repeat something, just because i missed it.

Anyway - thanks for the info!

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It is quite annoying when people misuse these. Specially your and you're.


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Here's another example I come across regularly: peak, peek and pique.

peak
noun
  • the pointed top of a mountain : the snowy peaks rose against the blue of a cloudless sky.
  • a mountain, esp. one with a pointed top : the rocky outcrops of peaks such as the Cassongrat offer a challenge to rock climbers.
  • a projecting pointed part or shape : whisk 2 egg whites to stiff peaks.
  • a point in a curve or on a graph, or a value of a physical quantity, higher than those around it : a slight increase in velocity provides a second peak on the general velocity curve.
  • the point of highest activity, quality, or achievement : anyone who saw Jones at his peak looked upon genius.
  • chiefly British: a stiff brim at the front of a cap.
  • the narrow part of a ship's hold at the bow or stern.
  • the upper, outer corner of a sail extended by a gaff.

verb [ intrans. ]
  • reach a highest point, either of a specified value or at a specified time : its popularity peaked in the 1940s | the rate of increase peaked at 34 percent last autumn.

adjective [ attrib. ]
  • greatest; maximum : he did not expect to be anywhere near peak fitness until Christmas.
  • characterized by maximum activity or demand : at peak hours, traffic speeds are reduced considerably.

peek
verb [ intrans. ]
  • look quickly, typically in a furtive manner : faces peeked from behind the curtains.
  • figurative protrude slightly so as to be just visible : his socks were so full of holes his toes peeked through.

noun
  • a quick and typically furtive look : a peek through the window showed that the taxi had arrived.
  • (usu. PEEK) Computing a statement or function in BASIC for reading the contents of a specified memory location. Compare with poke 1 (sense 3).

pique
noun
  • a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, esp. to one's pride : he left in a fit of pique.

verb (piques, piqued, piquing)
  • [ trans. ] stimulate (interest or curiosity) : you have piqued my curiosity about the man.
  • (be piqued) feel irritated or resentful : she was piqued by his curtness.
  • (pique oneself) archaic pride oneself.

Example: His curiosity was piqued when he stole a quick peek at the unusual peak of the policeman's cap.

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