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Good greif, where is eggnoggin when you need him? :)

 

i before e, except after c.... so its spelled Grief. :evan_iliadis:

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Topper

All jokes aside, I cringe every time I see "there, their and they're" mixed up.

 

KonGC

 

These are two words that have confused me for some time. If anyone can show these words in an example, it would be greatly appreciated. (there and their) I'm okay with they're.

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Jesse,

 

You're lucky I'm typing what my English taught me, otherwise no one would have a clue what I'm saying. Well, maybe Paul, he's from Georgia, hehe.

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These are two words that have confused me for some time. If anyone can show these words in an example, it would be greatly appreciated. (there and their) I'm okay with they're.

 

Well I am not so good with parts of speach but the word there is a location. Like Where is my girlfriend? She's over there with that good looking guy. HEY!

 

They're is a contraction. It is actually the combination of two words. They are. They're

 

Any help?

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Topper

Well I am not so good with parts of speach but the word there is a location. Like Where is my girlfriend? She's over there with that good looking guy. HEY!

 

They're is a contraction. It is actually the combination of two words. They are. They're

 

Any help?

 

Some. What about their? I got the part about there is a location. I use to think their was a location, like put it over their. That is what confused me. Perhaps now I can finally get it straight.

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Aaron, just so you NO. Loose is also a verb. You can loose your dogs or your shoelaces.

 

You can "let loose" your dogs; then loose becomes an adjective, while "let" is the verb.

 

As for your laces, or a necktie, you can only "loosen" it, not loose it

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"Their" is possessive, i.e., belongs to them.

 

E.G., that is their home.

 

 

 

Now, to really confuse someone, ask how on earth ONE, is pronounced "WUN"?

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One-One was a racehorse, Two-Two was one too, One-One won one race and Two-Two won one too.

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Jess Bartone

You can "let loose" your dogs; then loose becomes an adjective, while "let" is the verb.

 

As for your laces, or a necktie, you can only "loosen" it, not loose it

No, actually "Loose the hounds" is quite correct usage of English. It can also be expressed as "He loosed his arrow". It is not used much these days but it still exists in the dictionary.

 

 

Loose

verb /lo͞os/ 

loosed, past participle; loosed, past tense; looses, 3rd person singular present; loosing, present participle

 

Set free; release

- the hounds have been loosed

 

Untie; unfasten

- the ropes were loosed

 

Relax (one's grip)

- he loosed his grip suddenly

 

v. loosed, loos·ing, loos·es

v.tr.

1. To let loose; release: loosed the dogs.

2. To make loose; undo: loosed his belt.

3. To cast loose; detach: hikers loosing their packs at camp.

4. To let fly; discharge: loosed an arrow.

5. To release pressure or obligation from; absolve: loosed her from the responsibility.

6. To make less strict; relax: a leader's strong authority that was loosed by easy times.

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"Their" is possessive, i.e., belongs to them.

 

E.G., that is their home.

 

 

 

Now, to really confuse someone, ask how on earth ONE, is pronounced "WUN"?

 

Thanks. To answer the last part about ONE, you have to ask a New Yorker about that.

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Some. What about their? I got the part about there is a location. I use to think their was a location, like put it over their. That is what confused me. Perhaps now I can finally get it straight.

 

Their is the possesive form of they. They took me for a ride in their multicab.

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i before e, except after c.... so its spelled Grief. :scratch_head:

 

And it's written "it's", not "its" because its shorthand for "it is"

 

KonGC

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Ooooh fun with contractions.

 

I'm I am, They're They are, Isn't Is Not, Aren't are not, You're you are, We're We are, That's that is.

 

That's a few to start things off. :scratch_head:

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Ooooh fun with contractions.

 

I'm I am, They're They are, Isn't Is Not, Aren't are not, You're you are, We're We are, That's that is.

 

That's a few to start things off. :scratch_head:

Or just use ain't which means anything contracted with not.

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Jesse, point taken, but no one speaks using that form anymore. The primary problem is when so many people mistakenly write "loose", when they clearly mean "lose".

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