Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wicked English Teacher Wednesday--October

Okay, folks. I cannot take it anymore. CAN. NOT. TAKE. IT!!  I've given you every chance to fix this problem, and you haven't done it. I've left you alone in the hopes that you'd come to your senses, but that's not happening.

So it's time!

Time to discuss the Wicked English Teacher's biggest pet peeve. This isn't any pet peeve. This is not a hamster or a goldfish. This is a gargantuan beast of a peeve. This is a TYRANNOSAURUS REX PEEVE!


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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, there is no excuse --NO EXCUSE -- for this! The concept is not difficult! It's NOT confusing! You are capable of learning this, so stop messing it up!



Okay. I'm ready to calm down. Give me a minute...



Okay. Another minute...


Your vs. You're

Your: a personal pronoun showing possession. 
You're: a contraction of "you are."

I  mean, it's not even like there, their, they're. There are three of them. There are only two of your and you're!


Okay, let's study. 


The most frequent mix-up that I see is using your instead of you're. Why? Why why why???
"Your funny!" My funny what? I don't have a funny! In fact, a funny is not even a thing! No one has a funny!!
The speaker should either say, "You are funny!" or use the contraction for you are, "You're funny!" 

I see it all over the Internet, especially on Facebook and Twitter. 


Your cute. (You are cute.)
I hope your feeling better. (I hope you are feeling better.)
Your in trouble. (You are in trouble.)
Your right. (You are right.)
Your wrong. (You are wrong.)

Kids, if you mean you are, then just write you are. If writing you are doesn't make sense, then and only then do you write your. Your is used to show ownership.


Your puppy is cute. (The puppy belongs to you.)
I hope your cold gets better. (The could is yours.)
Go to your room! (The room belongs to you.)
Your answer is right. (The answer is the one you gave.)
Your answer is wrong. (The answer is the one you gave.)

Quiz Time!

Fill in the blank with "your" or "you're." Answers are down there below the signature apple!
  1. I think _____ really cool!
  2. You should listen to _____ Wicked English teacher.
  3. If you don't do _____ homework, _____ going to fail English.
  4. If you don't get this right, _____ Wicked English teacher is going to have a stroke!
  5. I'm glad _____ here doing _____ best to learn to do this right.
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Here are your quiz answers:

  1. I think you're really cool!
  2. You should listen to your Wicked English teacher.
  3. If you don't do your homework, you're going to fail English.
  4. If you don't get this right, your Wicked English teacher is going to have a stroke!
  5. I'm glad you're here doing your best to learn to do this right.
How did you do? It's easy right? So go forth and sin  no more!