A rather boring post but have a look if you struggle with your accuracy. Two good websites at the bottom of this post! Take a look!
The apostrophe does two jobs
1. It is used to show that a letter has been left out (contraction)
2. It is also used to show if something is belonging to another person or thing (possession/ownership)
- There = place or general point – I left it there yesterday/There is too much noise in this room!
- Their = belonging to someone/thing- Their dog is in our garden again.
- They’re = ‘they are’ – Ignore them. They’re only looking for attention.
- Its = belong to it – The elephant lifted up its trunk and took the bun.
- It’s = ‘it is’ or ‘it has’ – It’s been a wonderful day
- Your = belonging to you – Your hamster has got out of its cage.
- You’re = ‘you are’ – You’re late!
- To = shows direction or action – I want you to work hard today/Last year, we went to Japan.
- Too = ‘as well’ or ‘very’ – We’ve got Maths next too/It’s too cold in this room.
Others to avoid
aloud/allowed, bare/bear, brake/break, by/buy heal/heel, here/hear, piece/peace, right/write, see/sea, week/weak, weather/whether
If there’s more than one thing/object/person, you add an ‘s’ to the end of the word.
If the word ends in ‘y’ after a consonant, drop the ‘y’ and add ‘ies’ baby>babies; lady>ladies
If the word ends in ‘f’ or ‘fe’, usually drop the ‘f’ or ‘fe’ add ‘ves’ wolf>wolves; leaf>leaves
If the word ends in ‘o’, ‘ss’, ‘sh’, ‘ch’ or ‘x’ usually add ‘es’ tomato>tomatoes; bush>bushes; pitch>pitches
Sometimes the vowels change man>men; foot>feet; tooth>teeth
Other common spelling errors
alot > a lot
aswell > as well
infront > in front
defiantly > definitely
sincerly > sincerely
trys > tries
should of > should have / should’ve
Have a look at the following websites – these are great to ensure your writing is accurate: