Loose and Lose

Grammar and Spelling Tips - Loose and Lose

Loose refers to something that is not tight; lose refers to something that’s been lost. Examples: Wait for me—I need to tie my shoes again—they’ve gotten loose. After all this stretching, I’m beginning to feel really loose. If you don’t pay attention when you put down that pen, you’re going to lose it. It’s obvious—they’re …

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Who or Whom

Grammar and Spelling Tips - Who or Whom

Both who and whom are pronouns. Use who when you are referring to the subject of a clause and whom when you are referring to the object. Examples: Who wants to learn how to use proper grammar? I wish I knew who took the last piece of cake. From whom did you borrow that sweater? …

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Then and Than

Grammar and Spelling Tips - Then and Than

Then is used to mark time or in a sequence of events; than is used to compare items. Examples: I’m going to finish eating dessert first, and then I’ll wash the dishes. The concert ended, then Sophie went to bed. Is your sweater more expensive than mine? It’s obvious—John is stronger than Joe. The new …

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Practice or Practise?

Grammar and Spelling Tips - Practice or Practise

If you write in American English, you can just use practice no matter what. Otherwise, it’s spelled practice when used as a noun, practise when used as a verb. Examples: I really need to practise my grammar more or I’m going to fail my English exam. I like to practise piano. If you want to …

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It’s vs. Its

Grammar and Spelling Tips - It's vs Its

It’s means “it is” or (“it has”). Its doesn’t—its is possessive, and is used to indicate that something belongs to “it”. Examples: It’s going to be a nice day today. John says that it’s too expensive to buy a new car these days. I’d like to know how it’s going to turn out. Coffee is …

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