Words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings are called “homophones.” And while it might be interesting that there’s even an actual term for those words, in reality, people are rather frustrated because it’s easy to fall into the trap of mixing them up. “To,” “too,” and “two” are such homophones, and since they serve their own purposes in a sentence, it’s time to explain why you need to look out for them. Continue reading SOS English: “too” vs. “to” vs. “two”
What is a person? By definition, a “person” is any human being, one’s actual self, or someone’s individual personality. Thus, it is clearly distinguished from any animal or thing. So far, so good. But what is a person in its plural form? Persons? People? Well, both are grammatically correct and might seem to mean the same thing. But beware: when you need to choose one, choose wisely. Continue reading SOS English: People vs. Persons
Yes, you can. But sometimes you can not. Or cannot. Or can’t. Well, which one is it? Let’s find out in this article! Continue reading SOS English: Cannot vs. Can Not
When it comes to relative pronouns, there’s no way around using “who,” “which,” and “that.” We’ve already discussed the difference between “which” and “that” in this article. So today, we’ll take a turn on the usage of “who” and “which.” Relative … Continue reading SOS English: “Who” vs. “Which”
The confusion between “who’s” and “whose” is pretty much the same as with “it’s” and “its.” One is the contraction of “who is” or “who has” – the other is used to show ownership. Compared to one of our previous articles about “who vs. whom,” this topic here is much easier to understand. Continue reading SOS English: “Who’s” vs. “Whose”
The words “literally” and “figuratively” are indispensable to our everyday communication and social interaction. Most people will understand that when you say, “I literally peed my pants of fright when my friends pulled this stupid prank on me,” you most probably didn’t really pee your pants. However, you’d use “literally” for the case you’d actually peed your pants and “figuratively” when you were just really, really scared at that particular moment. Confused? Well, let’s dive in deeper and have a closer look. Continue reading SOS English: Literally vs. Figuratively
“Who” and “whoever” are so-called “subjective pronouns,” whereas “whom” and “whomever” are used for objective cases. Usually, we use those words in combination with a question or a relative clause about a person. Although the usage of “who” and “whom” is quite simple to most people, some may still stumble upon some difficulties.
With this short guide, it’ll be much easier for you to decide when to use “who” or “whom” correctly in the future! Continue reading SOS English: Who vs. Whom
“Live life to the fullest.” – or is it “Life live to the fullest.”? Not sure? Well, it happens more than often that people confuse “life” with “live” and vice versa. But fear no more! Check out this quick explanation to make your life a little easier 😉 Continue reading SOS English: life vs. live
You’ve probably heard and also used the terms “e.g.” and “i.e.,” especially in scholarly writing. It’s also possible that you’ve used them interchangeably as many other people do. However, these two abbreviations that actually derive from Latin (and not English) mean different things. It is necessary to use the correct abbreviation to ensure that the meaning of a sentence is retained.
You mostly use “e.g.” and “i.e.” at the beginning of a nonrestrictive element which is enclosed in either commas or parentheses. It’s also suggested to use a comma after both “e.g.” and “i.e.”
But let’s have a closer look! Continue reading SOS English: e.g. vs. i.e.
“Which” or “that” – we can use both words in various contexts, but the confusion starts when we use them as a relative pronoun. Even though many people believe that the differences between those two words aren’t really differences at all, there are actually some rules for their usage. But let’s have a closer look! Continue reading SOS English: which vs. that