Using words incorrectly can make a reader think we really don’t know what we’re talking about, even if we’re trying to convey valuable information.
There’s a really simple trick for knowing when you’re supposed to use “it’s” and when you should use “its”. It’s almost deliciously easy, in fact. So. What do you think the trick is?
The Wall Street Journal has a great article about why and how grammar was invented, and what its history has been: Grammar’s Dirty Little Secret. It sounds quite serious at first and then…you keep reading. And start noticing something. For example: [J]ust think back to all the school children who got their knuckles rapped for[…]
This 8th grade test actually looks to me like something we could all work on. If we got to the point where we could answer all the questions correctly, we’d be pretty well-rounded individuals as far as our general education.
A two-word sentence like “I quit” contains the seeds of almost every other complete sentence in the English language.