It is the teacher in me......... It is easy to confuse the spellings of the two words. The words I can't seem to get straight are effect and affect. I have recently learned effect is the noun! And affect is the verb! Why didn't anyone tell me years ago!
There are actually other ways that affect and effect are used where the verb/noun use doesn't count. I don't know why but somehow my brain just knows how to use these correctly. I can't even define it well enough to explain exactly when and where to use which, but somehow I do it right.
The one I have problems with is who versus whom. But 'whom' is falling out of favor, and I can rewrite most sentences so it isn't an issue if I'm not sure, so I don't worry too much about it.
There/their/they're being misused is a big annoyance. "Over there is the students who don't study their grammer while they're in school." There means place, their means ownership, they're means "they are".
English is a difficult language, so we must forgive when we can't teach without offending. 1246 days ago