Yes, people do judge you by your grammar

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Dear Bloggers,

Please proofread. People will judge you by your ability to use the written English language appropriately. 


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Here are some common mistakes I've seen around AR:

  • you're and your - "You're" is a contraction for "You are" and "Your" is a possessive pronoun. For example, "Be happy when you're selling your home."
  • its and it's - "It's" means "It is." If your sentence would make sense with "it is," then you can use "it's." If not, then use "its."  "Look at that dog! It's wagging its tail!"
  • two, too, and to - The word "two" is a number. The word "too" means the same thing as "also." And the word "to" can be used for everything else. As in "I know two ways to sell homes, too." 
  • their, there, and they're - "Their" is possessive, as in "Their house is cute." "There" is a direction, as in "There is their house." "They're" is a contraction for "They are," as in "There is their house. It looks like they're home."


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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Wayne,  I taught grammar in middle school.  It does stick out like a neon sign when reading an AR post filled with careless errors.

Sep 13, 2012 11:03 AM #62
Julie Baldino
Front Door Realty - Vancouver, WA
Opening Doors to New Chapters...

Love this.... one of my pet peeves is when people use "advise" when they mean "advice".

Sep 13, 2012 11:20 AM #63
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

We all do make mistakes - and here on a blog they aren't quite a serious as when they appear in a brochure or on a sign.

I once went along with a friend to buy boxes for her business. A huge sign outside said "Get all you're boxes here!" Oooohh!

Misused words always stick out like sore thumbs too. I see rein and reign mixed up quite often, and right and write, but a funny one I caught this week read:


"Replace the headshot photo with one that shows you laughing, or wearing a crazy hat, or with your hair died."

That was a new one for me.

Seriously, I think a lot of these mistakes come from using voice recognition software and not going back to check what it wrote. My husband likes to "read TV" because he's hard of hearing. Some of the things that go across the screen turn a news show into a comedy.

Sep 13, 2012 12:55 PM #64
Sylvia Jonathan
Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties - Irvine, CA
Broker Associate, SFR

Newsflash for people who rely on spellcheck: It will not catch misappropriated terms and words. You actually have to know the difference between their and they're, its and it's, etc.


Sep 13, 2012 02:28 PM #65
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team
Hi Wayne and Jean, when we read some of these we are "like" don't "like" these people know to "like" talk? Lol
Sep 13, 2012 03:47 PM #66
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Oh goodness, don't get me started. We're & were is one mistake I see fairly often. And I sometimes see people mix up sale and sell. "I'm going to sale my house" for instance, and "Is that house for sell?"

Sep 13, 2012 05:25 PM #67
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Wayne & Jean:  Often just using Spell Check is not enough.  If you write in the wrong word, and that word is spelled correctly, obviously... Spell Check won't catch it.  That is why after every comment I write, and then submit... I re-read it slowly before I go on to the next post. 

I want to make sure I have not missed a word, double-typed a word, or put in the wrong word.  Then, I correct it, hit submit again, and re-read it again.

Sometimes doing it right takes time... but it's worth it.

Sep 13, 2012 05:43 PM #68
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Marte:  Maybe those folks whose hair "died" were Grateful Dead fans.  You know... Dead Heads.  LOL.

And if those same folks "died" their hair... would that make them "died Dead Heads?"  Oy.

Sep 13, 2012 05:48 PM #69
Linda S. Cefalu, Broker Assoc.
Coldwell Banker Homesale Realty - Hales Corners, WI

You are exactly write, I mean rite, I mean right.  Fantastic post!

Sep 13, 2012 05:59 PM #70
Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

I see misspelled words and bad grammar on posts, and sometimes if I haved time will send an email to the writer.  I know that when I go back and read some of my older post....I sometimes find an error and will fix it and wonder how I missed it ... oh well we are just human aren't we :)

Sep 13, 2012 06:54 PM #71
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I catch myself doing these things.  What worries me is when I don't catch myself.

Sep 13, 2012 08:25 PM #72
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
Customer Focused, Results Driven Service!

Agreed.  I hate the auto spell feature on my iPad... yes, that is the reason for most of my wrong syntax.

Sep 14, 2012 05:36 AM #73
Jan Green
RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for this post.  I can't count how many errors I see on a daily basis.  Reading this post I now realize I'm more of a stickler than I thought, but at least I'm not alone!

Sep 14, 2012 12:02 PM #74
Alan Grizzle
Chestatee Real Estate - Dahlonega, GA
Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega
Each of us has our strong points and weaknesses. Grammar and spelling are certainly not strong points for me.
Sep 15, 2012 07:30 AM #75
Theresa Montgomery, YAZL
NBAndrews & Associates - Mesa, AZ

Proper grammar is very important, and it definitely relects on a person's professionalism.

Oct 31, 2012 10:28 PM #76
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

I ain't got no problem with my grammer. I lerned it in skool.

Nov 29, 2012 06:39 PM #77
Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise ID - Boise, ID
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I haven't read through all the comments, but as much as I try not to judge, I do.  Sometimes they are honest mistakes, but sometimes it is obvious.  Of course I have typos all over the place, but when I find them it drives me crazy and I'm embarrased that people have read it.  Always tell me if I have a grammar, spelling or typo mistake!  I probably have one in this comment since it's about 12:15am :-) Kasey

Jan 09, 2013 11:17 PM #78
Pete X with X Group Real Estate Advocates, Huntington Beach, CA 714.459.2017
Investments to Luxury - Huntington Beach, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
Oh my, I think I need to go back to grammar school.
Jan 09, 2013 11:31 PM #79
Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives / / 703-623-8759 - Alexandria, VA
Potomac Yard, Del Ray, Old Town Top Listing Agent

Great advice, but that handy dandy spell checker won't catch everything.  The most common goof that I make is form/from.  Always have to double check myself when I write that word.

Jan 11, 2013 08:56 AM #80
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Windermere, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

dang rite...

My mother always thought that the English language was difficult because there were too many ways of spelling the same word...

many other languages are pronounced just like they are written...and written just like they sound.


Eve in Orlando

Jan 11, 2013 09:20 AM #81
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