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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!

Commonly-Misused-Wednesday


Here we are on Wednesday!  More Commonly Misused Words for today.

WHO, WHOM, WHOSE and WHO’S

WHO:  A subject of a pronoun.

Example:  Who is going to attend her wedding?

WHOM: An object pronoun.

Example: With whom are you going to the wedding?

NOTE:  When in doubt, try this simple trick: If you can replace the word with “he”’ or “’she,” use who. If you can replace it with “him” or “her,” use whom.

WHOSE: Possessive pronoun

Example:  Whose car is that?

WHO’S:  Is a contraction for who is

Example: Who’s going to the reunion?


YOUR vs YOU’RE

YOUR:  a possessive form of “you”

Example:  Your puppy is adorable.

YOU’RE: a contraction for you are. If you can’t replace the words “you are” in your sentence it is the wrong use of you’re.

Example:  You’re not going to the party?


AFFECT vs EFFECT

Oh boy, this is the one I think most people struggle with.  Even those that are good with grammar.  Let’s take a closer look.  I found a cute video on another site that was great.  I don’t want to take credit for the video so I want to be sure you know it was copied from Scribendi site.

AFFECT:  It is usually a verb.

Example:  When written well, a poem can affect anyone that reads it.

EFFECT: Usually a noun

Example:  An effect of this medication is an upset stomach.

I learned in a college course to remember this acronym for these two words. RAVEN.

Remember Affect is a Verb and Effect is a Noun


Here is the video I thought may help. Rember it is from Scribendi and can be found on their site by simply clicking here

One thought on “Commonly Misused Words – Wednesday

  1. Vivian says:

    Thank you for raven!!! I struggle with those two words!

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