Monday, January 18, 2010

OWL Online Writing - Purdue

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/4/

Welcome to the Purdue OWL Exercise Pages
Purdue OWL Writing Lab OWL News Engagement Research Contact Site Map
OWL Family of Sites > OWL Exercises > Spelling Exercises

Skip Navigation
OWL Exercises
Grammar ExercisesPunctuation ExercisesSpelling Exercises-ible vs. -ableAccept/ExceptAffect/Effecti/e RulesSentence StructureSentence StyleParaphrasing Writing Numbers


This page is brought to you by the OWL at Purdue (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/). When printing this page, you must include the entire legal notice at bottom.

Spelling Exercises
Welcome to the new and updated OWL Exercise pages. The following page is intended to give you some background information, basic rules, and helpful suggestions about our exercises before you dive in and start working.

Please use the navigation bar on the left to access the individual exercises.
Many words sound alike but mean different things when put into writing. The exercises in this section should help you distinguish between some of the more common words that sound alike. Here is a short list of some of the more common spelling errors that students encounter when writing.

Its, It's
its = possessive adjective (possesive form of the
pronoun it):
The crab had an unusual growth on its shell.
it's = contraction for it is or it has (in a verb phrase):
It's still raining; it's been raining for three days. (Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)
Their, There, They're
Their = possessive pronoun:
They got their books.
There = that place:
My house is over there.
(This is a place word, and so it contains the word here.)
They're = contraction for they are:
They're making dinner.
(Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)
To, Too, Two
To = preposition, or first part of the infinitive form of a verb:
They went to the lake to swim.
Too = very, also:
I was too tired to continue. I was hungry, too.
Two = the number 2:
Two students scored below passing on the exam.
Two, twelve, and between are all words related to the number 2, and all contain the letters tw.

Too can mean also or can be an intensifier, and you might say that it contains an extra o ("one too many")

We're, Where, Were
We're = contraction for we are:
We're glad to help. (Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)
Where = location:
Where are you going? (This is a place word, and so it contains the word here.)
Were = a past tense form of the verb be:
They were walking side by side.
Your, You're
Your = possessive pronoun:
Your shoes are untied.
You're = contraction for you are:
You're walking around with your shoes untied.
(Pronouns have apostrophes only when two words are being shortened into one.)
For more information regarding spelling please see the Spelling: Common Words that Sound Alike resource.





Copyright ©1995-2009 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use. Please report any technical problems you encounter.

Copyright ©1995-2009 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our terms and conditions of fair use. Please report any technical problems you encounter.

No comments:

Post a Comment