Welcome to Tuesday’s commonly misused words. Let’s get right to the task at hand.
Then vs Than
They sound a little alike and can be difficult to remember which is correct.
THEN: Sounds like men. There are several times one can use the word then.
- When referring to a time.
Example: She bit her lip then began to laugh.
2. When telling what will happen next.
Example: I will go to the store, then I will come home.
3. In place of the word also.
Example: She asked if I would fix her computer, and then to look at her router.
THAN: Sounds like man. There is really only one time using the word than is correct.
- When comparing two things is when it is appropriate to use the word than.
Example: Sally has more homework than I do.
They’re, Their, There
THEY’RE: This is a contraction for “they are”.
If when re-reading a sentence you can’t put in the words, they are in place, this is the wrong usage of they’re.
Example: They’re my friends.
THEIR: Is possessive.
This use of their is used to show that someone owns it.
Example: The red Ford is their truck.
THERE: In or at a place.
This use of there is referring to a location.
Example: I will see you there.
Assure, Ensure, Insure
ASSURE: Is a promise.
This word is used as a way to indicate that a promise is in place.
Example: I assure you that I will be there on time.
ENSURE: To make certain.
This form of ensure can be easily confused with assure; because a promise seems to make certain of something. However, the use of ensure is usually used when an individual is making certain, not making a promise.
Example: She stopped and looked around to ensure no one was listening to her phone conversation.
INSURE: to make certain especially by taking necessary measures and precautions.
This insure is to make the risk of loss transferred in exchange for payment.
Example: They were careful to choose a good company to insure their new home.