Easily confused words - Easily misspelled words - Punctuation tips
Today's word: vexatious
WHEN TO USE A COMMA
Between three or more adjectives - He was a big, grey, great, greedy wolf
Between two adjectives if 'and' can be inserted instead - She is a tiny, delicate child (you could have said: She is a tiny and delicate child) but not here: She is a tiny Italian child (you would not say: She is a tiny and Italian child) so no comma here
Around expressions that interrupt a sentence or could be omitted - He was, as you know, very clever
After phrases that begin a sentence if they are three or more words long - In order to buy this item, you need to click here. You can choose whether to use a comma if the phrase is short: In winter, he died of influenza OR In winter he died of influenza (both correct)
Between two complete clauses (clauses contain something/someone DOING something) which are separated by a conjunction (and, but, for, or, yet, so) - He mowed the lawns, but he hasn't finished trimming the hedge.
To avoid confusion - I wanted to buy apples and oranges, and pears were his choice.
More on comma usage here
WHEN TO USE AN APOSTROPHE
With contractions - Don't - Isn't - Doesn't - Wasn't - Can't etc
To show possession - The boy's dog; The woman's hat. For plurals, make the noun plural, and then put the apostrophe straight after it - The children's kites; The women's hats; The Smiths' dogs, but: The Smiths have two dogs
Things to watch out for
COMMA SPLICE - This is when two clauses have been joined with a comma but no conjunction (see COMMA RULES above. An example would be: The men decided to take a boat trip, when it was over they flew back home. What this should look like is: The men decided to take a boat trip, and when it was over they flew back home.
IT'S AND ITS - IT'S is a contraction of IT IS - ITS shows possession (yes, this is confusing!)
For example: It's a sunny day so we are going to take the car and open its sunroof. Check these by trying to insert IT IS for either of them. Like this: IT IS a sunny day so we are going to take the car and open IT IS sunroof. If it sounds right then you can use IT'S but if not then use ITS.
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EASILY MISSPELLED WORDS
Please note UK spelling here
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