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Using Words Correctly 1

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Some words sound similar but mean different things:

  • its, it's: Its shows ownership. It's means "it is" or "it has."

    It's weird to make an olive sandwich. I don't like its smell.

  • their, they're, there: Their shows ownership. They're means "they are." There refers to location.

    Why put olives there. They're too salty. Their flavor is odd.

  • to, two, too: To shows movement toward something. Two means "2." Too means "very" or "also."

    I'll give my olive sandwich to my two cousins. They like pickle sandwiches, too.

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