Annoying English Two

As is often the case, my blog post reflects something I’ve been thinking about this week. In this case, another misuse of the English language; specifically, typos in the overheads for worship music.

I constantly see things in the overheads that make my writer’s eye twitch. Like not capitalizing the word “He” when referencing God, commas or apostrophes in the wrong places, or misspelled words.

So, I decided it’s time for another English lesson.

First lesson: Apostrophes

Apostrophes are used to signify possession and to form contractions.
That cat belongs to Jane. It is Jane’s cat.
I can not eat that. I can’t eat it.

The most notable exception is the word its/it’s. The word its is used as the possessive, while it’s is the contraction.
It’s the same word, but its usage is changed for clarification.

The most common mistake I’ve seen with an apostrophe is using it in a word that is plural.
There are four kid’s in my family.

When something is pluralized, just add the s. You don’t need an apostrophe.


Second Lesson: Words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently

Their, there, and they’re

Their is a possessive word.
That is their house.

shows a place.
Their house is over there.

They’re is a contraction of the words “they are.”
They’re at their house, over there.

Your and you’re

Your is possessive.
This is your elephant.

You’re is a contraction of the words “you are.”
You’re very attached to your elephant.


That’s all for today. I hope it helped clarify some of these rules if you didn’t already know them. And, if you have access to the PowerPoint slides at your church, you are now responsible to go through and fix all the errors. At least the ones that have to do with apostrophes or misspelled words.

About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

8 comments on “Annoying English Two

  1. Do restaurant menus drive you crazy, Avily? They seem to be some of the worst offenders for grammar and especially its / it’s. (I have long given up hope for proper comma usage in menus.)

    • YES! Anything that is in print should have someone who knows basic English go over it to at least remove the basic errors!

  2. Preach it, sista! lol…

  3. Do you feel better now? 😉

  4. My Dearest Avily,

    Now that you have righted all the wrongs in the world, would you like a mirror? LOL

  5. I pray that you know I’m joking.

    • Your comments are always so encouraging, and I love seeing your comments. Even and especially jokes. 🙂

      And I like to think that when my errors are pointed out I do a tolerable job of accepting criticism.

  6. Interesting how things come together! I also love to sing worship songs. God bless you sister!

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