5 Grammar Mistakes That Drive English Nerds Around The Globe Completely Insane

5 Grammar Mistakes That Drive English Nerds Around The Globe Completely Insane

A shortcut to those words you're not sure about.

There was a time in grade school where we all learned a little something called grammar. You can't tell me you didn't because I know for a fact you did. Just dig deep into the deep recesses of your brain and you'll remember. I know I had a few workbooks and textbooks that I despised with all my heart.

I felt like grammar was a complete waste of time in class because it was totally common sense. Or so I thought...

BREAKING NEWS PEOPLE! It's 2018 and we live half of our lives online. While we do have spellcheck, we have not been granted the gift of grammar check yet. Many people are making important first impressions online. Because of this, it is absolutely essential to not rely on spellcheck to fix all of your typing mistakes because you sat through hours of grammar classes and your computer didn't.

I am convinced some people honestly didn't pay any attention in their grade school classes or simply are too lazy to check their posts. I see too many mistakes to continue on without saying anything. Hop into my little time machine and zoom back to 3rd grade to review these lovely rules I wrongly assumed everyone knew.

1. Your vs. You're

This is one of the most irritating and most frequent errors I see. "Your" shows possession and "you're" means "you are." For example, a correct sentence would be "You're holding your phone." On an invitation, you should write "You're Invited" because invited is another verb and no one can own "invited." On a birthday card, you should say "It's Your Birthday!" because the person possesses their birthday and it doesn't make sense to say "It's You Are Birthday!"

2. Their vs. There vs. They're

It blows my mind how many people get these three confused. I supposed it's a step up from your vs. you're since there are three different options so I'll cut everyone some slack. This one is pretty simple once you know the difference. "They're" is just like "you're" - it means "they are." "Their" is like "your;" it shows possession. You would use "their" to describe "their desk."

Finally, "there" is different from the rest because it doesn't match up with a version of "your" or "you're." "There" signifies a location and is the correct spelling of "over there." In a sentence, you could correctly use all three versions of their/there/they're by saying "They're going to their house over there," meaning "They are going to the house that they live in over in that area."

3. Possession vs. Plural

This problem pops up most frequently around Christmastime when people are sending out their holiday cards. To make ANY word plural, INCLUDING NAMES, you always only add an "-s" or "-es." You should NEVER add an apostrophe (') to make a plural. Apostrophes show possession with nouns every single time! There is no word that can be made plural with an apostrophe.

4. Saw vs. Seen

This grammar error is a current phenomenon sweeping Facebook. "Saw" and "seen" are both past tense forms of "see." However, there is a difference. "Saw" is the simple past tense so it can be used directly after a noun. "Seen" is the past participle of "see." This means you must always say "have seen." "Seen" should never appear by itself. You can either say "I saw" or "I have seen," but you can NEVER say "I seen" (I just cringed typing that).

5. To vs. Too vs. Two

Oh man, we're really going back to basics now with to vs. too vs. two. Obviously, "two" is the correct spelling of the number 2. To vs. too seems to be a little trickier for some people. "Too" means in addition or plus. "To" has an extensive list of correct uses that can be viewed here, but most of the time "to" is used to indicate direction.

An example of all of these words being used in the right way would be "I am going to the movie at two too!" This sentence means "I am attending the movie at 2 o'clock as well."

Moral of the story: Grammar is easy to understand. Please use it.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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