Grammar Giggles – It’s or Its?

This was on my television as I was checking out the available entertainment this weekend. “It’s” is not the possessive form of “it,” it is a contraction for “it is.” It is confusing because to make other words possessive, you add apostrophe “s,” but with the word “it,” the apostrophe “s” is only added to make it a contraction. Otherwise, “its” is the possessive form of “it.”

Grammar Giggle – Eat Outdoors Every Day–Just Not At This Restaurant

I saw this recently at a restaurant. “Outdoor” is defined as “done, situated, or used out of doors.” It should be one word. “Everyday” is an adjective (a word that modifies a noun) defined as “happening or used every day” as in “Her everyday chore is doing the dishes.” “Every day” is an adverb (a word that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group, expressing a relation of place, time, circumstance, manner, cause, degree–in this case relation of time to offering outdoor dining and take out). In this instance, “everyday” should be two words. See a tip for figuring out when to use “every day” here.

Grammar Giggle – Voting Wardrobe Matters!

As you prepare for Tuesday’s election, I thought this was appropriate. A friend sent this to me and I’ve seen it around on the internet since, but sometimes it isn’t misspellings that make things confusing, but sometimes it is word order. While I get what they meant to say, if they had changed the order of “clothing” and “materials,” it would have the meaning they intended. Instead, it could be read that clothing is not allowed in the polling place. That makes me kind of glad I mailed in my ballot.