By Cynthia Owens
As a writer, words are the tools of my trade. Putting them together properly is important to me. And as a parent, I want to hear my kids speak properly, without any of the grammar errors so prevalent in the vocabulary of today’s teenagers.
- Lie/lay: You lay your book down and lie down for a nap.
- Had/would have: If I had known about this, I would have been angry.
- Of: That was not so great a story – not so great of a story. The of is completely unnecessary to the sentence.
- Less/fewer: I have fewer problems with less money.
- Would have, not would of: I would have gone to the party if I’d known my friends would be there.
- Went/gone: If I had gone (not went) to the party, I’d have seen them.
- Its/it’s: Its is possessive, it’s means it is.
- Their/there/they’re: Their is possessive, there is a place, and they’re is a contraction meaning they are.
- Saw/seen: Few things great more than hearing a person said I seen instead of I saw.
- Your/you’re: Again, your is possessive, while you’re means you are.