You know who you are. You know you need to read this, because your posts will be around forever (theoretically), and you don't want people thinking you are a numbskull, do you?
I have only written one post before now that is not related to real estate, but I'm fed up. This is not comprehensive, but should help some, and it will certainly make me feel better.
The first thing you can do is simply press the spell check button. You know, the little thingy with ABC and a checkmark? Real simple - just click it before you publish your post. No one cares if you are a bad speller, unless you refuse to utilize tools available to you. Then we, the ever-diminishing fans of the English language, have no choice but to judge you. Even if you hate the language and love to text "i <3 u" to your boo, think about the rest of us when publishing online content.
Still here? Ok, let's get to learning.
you - not me. correct usage - I enjoyed seeing you today. incorrect usage - Send me you offer and we can put a deal together.
your - belonging to, sometimes denoting ownership. correct usage - Your house is beautiful. incorrect usage - Your looking great today.
you're - a contraction of you are. correct usage - You're looking great today. incorrect usage - You're house is beautiful.
there - not here. correct usage - I think this chair would look better over there. incorrect usage - I think it was there fault.
their - pluralized version of your (see above). correct usage - Their offer was too low. incorrect usage - I think this chair would look better over their.
they're - a contraction of they are. correct usage - It's not our fault; they're to blame. incorrect usage - They're offer was too low.
Not every word that ends with 's' needs an apostrophe. This is a tough one for many folks. An apostrophe can also denote ownership. For example, my cafe would be Morrison's Cafe. My family as a whole would be the Morrisons.
words ending in 'ed'
If you are using words in the past tense, it is a safe bet that they will end with 'ed'. Even some words that are in the present tense end with this suffix. For example, if you must do something, you are supposed to do it, not suppose.
These are just a few items that are pet peeves of mine. Most of us strive to be professionals and want to be known as such. Our writing, especially in this era of weblogs and online networking, needs to live up to professional standards. Thanks for reading, and i thnk ur gr8 2. Oh, by the way, when you misplace something, you lose it. When you free a caged animal, you loose it.
On a separate note, WHEN YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS, IT MEANS YOU'RE YELLING!!! KNOCK IT OFF ALREADY.