Mainly aimed at younger and new bloggers, I thought it was time to suggest a few things regarding blog posts.
Don’t forget, you are writing. If that writing is in English, you have to obey the rules of grammar. After all, this is not texting or Facebook, and LOL is not a word, however much you might want it to be.
Here are some very basic rules. Rules that are constantly broken, or ignored.
YOU’RE means ‘You Are’
YOUR, means ‘belonging to. As in ‘That is YOUR hat’
IT’S means ‘It Is’
ITS means belong to, as in ‘I could tell that was its hat’.
THERE means a place, a destination, or a specific point. As in. ‘Put your hat on the hook, over there’.
THEY’RE means ‘They are’. As in, ‘They’re over there’.
Apostrophes denote many things, but mostly ‘belonging to’.
TRAPS, VIDEOS, TYRES, CARS, FRUITS, VEGETABLES, etc, do not need one. Raspberry’s is wrong, unless you mean ‘The Raspberry’s colour’. Video’s is always wrong, unless you mean ‘The Video’s content’. And so on…
THEIR means to belong to something, as in ‘Those men, and their hats’. It is never ‘They’re hats’, or ‘There, hats’ unless you mean ‘They are hats’ or ‘There are hats’. Are you with me, so far?
I know it’s annoying, and rather complicated. But it is English, and our language.
It needs to be treated with respect, or it will go under in a sea of mistakes, and become something else.
Something that is not correct. Please try harder. It is blogging, not texting. And it is not negotiable.
Am I being pedantic? Look it up.