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Grammar Crammers 31-40. G. Herbst 2011. Who’s, Whose. Who’s Contraction for who is Example: Who’s there? Whose Possessive Example: I do not know whose coat it is. To, Two, Too. To Preposition or adverb Examples: They fly from north to south. Bring that to me.

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who s whose
Who’s, Whose
  • Who’s
    • Contraction for who is
    • Example: Who’s there?
  • Whose
    • Possessive
    • Example: I do not know whose coat it is.
to two too
To, Two, Too
  • To
    • Preposition or adverb
    • Examples:
      • They fly from north to south.
      • Bring that to me.
      • After he came to he asked for some water.
  • Two
    • Number
    • Example:
      • Highlights has two advisers.
  • Too
    • Meaning also, or used to show extremes.
    • Examples:
      • You can bring your green hat, too.
      • She wasn’t too pleased with his behavior.
a lot all right
A lot, All right
  • A lot
    • Always two words
    • Example:
      • He used to eat a lot of ice cream.
  • All right
    • Adverb
    • Never alright
    • Example:
      • Everything over here is all right.
    • Hyphenate only if used colloquially as a compound modifier: He is an all-right guy.
nauseated nauseous
Nauseated, Nauseous
  • Nauseated
    • Verb
    • To affect with nausea
    • Example:
      • His vicious behavior toward the dog nauseated me.
  • Nauseous
    • Adjective
    • Example:
      • That smell makes me feel nauseous.
lay lie
Lay, Lie
  • Lay
    • Verb (used with object)
    • Laid is past tense form and past participle.
    • Laying is present participle.
    • Example:
      • The mother laid the blanket over the sleeping child.
      • The prosecutor tried to lay the blame on him.
      • He has lain on the beach all day.
  • Lie
    • Indicates a state of reclining OR the act of making an untrue statement.
    • Example:
      • When on vacation I love to lie in the sun.
      • I will lie down.
      • I am lying down.
      • He lies to people.
healthful healthy
Healthful, Healthy
  • Healthful
    • Adjective
    • Conducive to health
    • Example:
      • It is important to maintain a healthful diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Healthy
    • Adjective
    • Possessing or enjoying good health
      • She believe yoga helps her maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
    • Pertaining to a characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind
      • Positive people have healthy attitudes about life.
    • Prosperous or sound
      • The radio keeps broadcasting stories of businesses that are not currently healthy.
fewer less
Fewer, Less
  • Fewer
    • In general, use for individual items (count nouns)
    • Example:
      • Fewer than ten applicants called.
      • I had fewer than 50 $1 bills in my pocket. (Individual items)
  • Less
    • In general, use for bulk or quantity (mass nouns)
    • Example:
      • I had less than $50 in my pocket. (An amount)
discover invent
Discover, Invent
  • Discover
    • Verb
    • to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown)
      • Example: Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering America.
    • to notice or realize
      • Example: I discovered I didn't have my credit card with me when I went to pay my bill.
  • Invent
    • Verb
    • to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance
      • Example: He invented the telegraph.
    • to produce or create with the imagination
      • Example: She invented that story to thwart her enemies.
    • to make up or fabricate (something fictitious or false)
      • Example: Stop inventing excuses and just admit what you did.
compare to with
Compare to/with
  • Compare to
    • Use when the intent is to assert, without the need for elaboration, that two or more items are similar
      • Example: She compared her work to that of her neighbor.
  • Compare with
    • Use when juxtaposing (comparing side-by-side) two or more items to illustrate similarities and/or differences
    • Elaboration is required
      • Example: His time was 2:11:10, compared with 2:14 for his closest competitor.
contrast to with
Contrast to/with
  • Contrast to
    • Use when the intent is to assert, without the need for elaboration, that two items have opposite characteristics
      • Example: He contrasted the appearance of the house today to its ramshackle look last year.
  • Contrast with
    • Use when juxtaposing two or more items to illustrate similarities and/or differences
    • Elaboration is required
      • Example: He contrasted the Republican platform with the Democratic platform.
blond blonde
Blond, Blonde
  • Blond
    • Noun for males
    • an adjective for all applications
    • Example:
      • That handsome blond just winked at me!
      • She has blond hair.
  • Blonde
    • Use as a noun for females.
    • Example:
      • Did you see the new movie about the famous blonde?