Katie asked if I’d gone to the mall lately. I told her I was there yesterday.
I gave them there coffee.
I gave them their coffee.
I’m meeting Katie and George at the show. Their coming from class.
I’m meeting Katie and George at the show. They’re coming from class.
Your and You’re
You’re is the contraction for you are.
Your is the possessive form for you.
Mark, you’re textspeak is starting to drive me bonkers!
Mark, your textspeak is starting to drive my bonkers!
Your really bad about sending unnecessary messages, like “K.”
You’re really bad about sending unnecessary messages, like “K.”
To, Two, and Too
To is a preposition. It shows the relationship between two things. It also signals the definitive, or unconjugated, form of a verb.
Two is the number 2 in word form.
Too is an adverb.
I had way to much to drink last night!
I had way too much to drink last night!
I have to tickets to paradise.
I have two tickets to paradise.
I, two, went to the Homecoming game.
I, too, went to the Homecoming game.
These three sets of homophones are the ones that bother me, and a lot of other people, the most. However, there are a lot of others that can really trip you up. To end, here are few more examples of homophones:
Allowed (something is permitted)/Aloud (audible)
Ant (picnic-oriented insect)/Aunt (mom or dad’s sister)
Aye (yes, sometimes associated with pirates!)/eye (the seeing organ)/I (first person singular pronoun)
Beat (what a drummer typically keeps)/Beet (the vegetable)
Board (a piece of wood, or a board game)/Bored (not excited)
Brake (what makes the car stop, or the verb to press the brakes)/Break (the verb, to break something)
Ducked (past tense of the verb)/Duct (like a heating duct, or duct tape)
Where (the location question)/Wear (the action, to wear something)