Okay, no personal remarks…

Verseleciel is right, we should be gracious toward typos.  But that we might avoid such typos, and for general help:

1. definite
2. separate
3. desperate
4. their = possessive, belonging to them
5. there = positional, as in, “not here”
6. they’re = they are
7. its = possessive, belonging to it
8. it’s = it is

Any others you guys can think of?


  1. Anonymous says:

    extroardinary instead of extraordinary. recieved instead of received.persuing instead of pursuing.spontanious instead of spontaneous.


  2. I thought I was the only one who did that. : ) nice, eh, repost.
    and I always mess up weird. wierd. see, they both just look right, even though one is wrong.
    …the other day at work someone wrote on the board “please due 2 trays of each.” seriously. and you don’t comment about where I work and I won’t comment about your choice of music, deal? : )


  3. wow i definately think that was an extroardinarily desparate attempt to get people to spell better. Maybe if you’d stop persuing perfection you wouldnt have to seperate yourself from other people by spontaniously critiscizing there grammar.


  4. *laugh* oh dear… i’m scared to even type anything… but i know you love me despite my many grammatical flaws, right? *grin*thanks for what you said in your orginal post. it feels weird to be back, but it was great to see you guys last night. i’m already encouraged about work that can be done here – work to be done while we wait for more long term answers. “hustle while you wait…” *smile* hey, i think it’s really super cool that you’re doing some work with precept! what a great avenue for your giftings… i’m proud of you, my brother!


  5. PennyDaisy says:

    *laughing* I think you have some funny friends.


  6. lizapierce says:

    i’m bad about its and it’s. laziness really, as i do know the difference.


  7. nunosfriend says:

    You know, I used to marvel at the fact that I was the boss of people who did not know the correct use of there, their and they’re or two, too, and to, yet these people had college degrees and were even considering post graduate work…did not sell me on their universities or on college degrees as a requirement for any job.I also bossed a guy who had a degree in pastoral ministry from a local Christian university that will remain nameless and couldn’t do a Greek word study…not sure what he learned there, maybe how to do three points and a poem…did not sell me on his university either…come to think of it, I know many graduates from this particular university and none of them strike me as very deep theologically…or very deep at all…which is why it will remain nameless…And if you keep on the pace you are on, I will have to take away your CD player…for your own good


  8. how about absant for absent?  nice one, eh? or instructer for instructor? or rong for wrong?  Seriously, I’ve seen these lately.


  9. (laugh) nice, Sunflower. nice.


  10. okay, I love that amy grant is gone now too…but that wasn’t my point. I am in the middle of writing a letter, and, well, is it “as I lay there” or is it “as I laid there” ? and do you lay on a bed, or what? since you’re having this discussion and all… 🙂


  11. ha, lol to jon’s comment…I whole heartedly concur.


  12. If it’s something you do to yourself, the infinitive is “to lie,” as in, “to lie down.” BUT the past tense of this lying is “lay,” so if you went to go lie down earlier today, you would say, “I lay down for a little while.” This is not to be confused with “to lay,” which is somethign you do to an object other than yourself. You (present tense) lay down that book. If you set it down earlier, you would say, “I laid the book down on the desk.” Does that make sense?


  13. So in your letter, it should read “as I lay there” (smile).


  14. versleciel says:

    Sunflower, that kills me. Anyway, who knew that grammar and spelling could spark such a deluge of comments? (On another note, do mixed metaphors bother anyone? ;))


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