Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • rye – a grain used to make bread or whiskey
    • I like pastrami on rye for a sandwich.
  • wry – ironically humorous
    • My son has a very wry sense of humor.

Memory tips:

  • rye – Use the e to remind you that things made with ryE are Edible (and I’m counting drinkable as edible).
  • wry – Words are what are used to show the Wry sense of humor.

Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • lam – flight from the law (as in on the lam)
    • The number of people on the lam every week on Live PD is crazy!
  • lamb – a young sheep
    • The ewe at the zoo had a lamb with her when we visited.

Memory tips:

  • lam –  Running from the law so they don’t have time to add extra letters.
  • lamb – Think of the “b” as the first letter of “baby sheep.”

Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • farther – at a greater distance, referring to actual distance
    • The drive from Joe’s house to mine was farther than I expected.
  • further – to a greater extent or degree, referring to figurative distance
    • We will plan to discuss the fundraiser further at the next board meeting.

Memory tips:

  • fArther – Actual distance
  • fURther – figURative distance

Grammar Giggle – Your Not Speaking My Language

A friend sent this one to me. This is the exact opposite of the error usually made with the you/you’re/your choices.

youre

Replay Thursday

Thursday-ReplayIt’s time for a review of recent blog posts just in case you’ve missed them. We call this Replay Thursday. Here are posts from Proof That proofreading blog during the past week.

Grammar Giggle – There’re

Grammar Giggle – Just One Quilt

Confusing Words Of The Week

Ask PTB – Including Trademark Symbol In Company Name

If you find a Grammar Giggle, take a picture and send it to me; if you have words that confuse you, send those; if you have a topic you’d like to see covered, send that; and if you have a burning question, Ask PTB. You can send all of that to me at proofthatblog@gmail.com or on the Ask PTB page at proofthatblog.com.

Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • pray – to beseech
    • She went to pray for the rain to stop.
  • prey – a captured victim
    • The rattlesnake was stalking its prey.

Memory tips:

  • pray – Think of the “A” as the hands clasped in prayer prayer hands
  • prey – Think of the “E” as enemy, what the stalker is after.

Confusing Words Of The Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • later – more recent; after a time
    • You can play on the PlayStation later.
  • latter – second in a series of two
    • If I had to choose between baked chicken or fried chicken, I would choose the latter.

Memory tips:

  • later – after without the t (because latter took it)
  • latter – second in a series of twotwo t’s.

Confusing Words Of The Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • everyday – ordinary
    • She was wearing her everyday shoes.
  • every day – each day
    • She spent every day wishing she could wear heels.

Memory tips:

  • everyday – it is a single word, so kind of an ordinary word
  • every day – remember this as every SINGLE day, so it has to have a space between it.

For more information on these words, there is a blog post about it at http://proofthatblog.com/2014/03/13/we-appreciate-proofreading-tips-each-and-everyday/

Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • trial – examination; experiment; hardship
    • They were busy getting ready for the trial.
  • trail – a path
    • She took the trail up to the to top of the hill.

Memory tips:

This is a pair of words that I think is more misspelled than used incorrectly. But it is something that needs to be checked before the document is finalized.

  • trial – I am in trial
  • trail – adventure is at the end of the trail

Confusing Words of the Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

Words of the Week

This week’s words are:

theirs – possessive form of they; used when a noun does not follow

  • The red car was theirs.

there’s – contraction of there is or there are

  • There’s [there is] no doubt that she is the best person for the job.

Memory tips:

  • theirs – belonging to them
  • there’s – apostrophe represents missing letter (in this case the i) for there is