Someone suggested last week that I consider doing this as a regular type of thing. Thanks, Kelly! I'm flattered. So, since it was a Thursday, I figured “Three on Thursday” had a ring to it.
Also, let me say this ahead of time…while I have taught middle school language arts, I am by no means an expert. And, I do NOT always use the proper format in my writing here. Ellipses and dashes incorrectly overused? Guilty as charged!
However, I just wanted to focus on some of the basics so make all of us look a little more professional in the mommy blogosphere! LOL We want people to pay attention to what we’re saying not be distracted by mistakes that are simple to correct! :)
So, remember to think like a seventh grader and here are my “Three on Thursday” for this week:
THEIR, THERE, and THEY’RE
THEY’RE is a contraction of “they” and “are” and it is only to be used in that circumstance.
THERE is a reference to a place – as in “take it over there.” A way to remember this is that the word “here” which also refers to a place is the majority part of the word! LOL
THEIR is a possessive that means it refers to something belonging to a group of people as in “Their house is on Silvery Lane.”
The first rhymes with “death” and it is a noun (a person, place or thing). “It’s so cold you can see your breath.”
The second rhymes with “seethe” and it is a verb (an “action” word) that refers to the process of air going in and out of our bodies.
“Catch your breath and just breathe in and out.”
OK, here’s the deal. This actually is WAY easier than you think. You know how you can use both “he” and “him” to refer to a male in a sentence? One is used for the subject of the sentence (the one doing the verb) and the other is generally the object or the receiver of the action. For example, “he is throwing the ball to him.”
Well, “who” and “whom” is the same. One is meant to be the subject of the sentence and the other to be the object.
Examples: “Who sent this package to me?” or “The flowers were received by whom?”
OK! So, hopefully without sounding too stuffy or obnoxious, those are my “Three on Thursday”! Class dismissed! LOL