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Ellen: Hello internet! I’m Ellen a.k.a icklenellierose. In all my years of searching the web I have seen countless attacks on my native language but instead of punching people in the face every time they get it wrong I thought I would make an educational video instead! So I’m here with Ellen’s English - Teachin you to rite proper like wot I do! This particular video will cover the most common mistakes that I see on the internet and this is an actual lesson so sit down, shut up and listen!
Your/You’re - this is the worst one, seriously I’ve moaned about this one before and it drives me up the wall. There’s so many people that still don’t know it and it is one of the simplest things in the English language. Your - Y-O-U-R equals belonging. Your cat. Your dog. Your computer.
You’re - Y-O-U apostrophe R-E equals you are. You are happy or you are sad. For some reason ninety per cent of people on the internet just put the Y-O-U-R version. This pees me off so much. People write comments on my videos saying 'Your fat' to which I say 'My fat what?' And if you are one of those people that go 'oh, but it's shorter and I’m just writing it to save time'. Are you that lazy that you can’t press two extra buttons? We are the internet generation, we need all the exercise we can get!
Their. T-H-E-I-R is belonging. Their cat. Their dog. Their computer.
They’re. T-H-E-Y apostrophe R-E is they are. They are happy. They are sad.
There. T-H-E-R-E is usually a place in space or time. Let’s go over there or she’s over there. There are loads of fiddly different uses for this version of there but they usually all relate to a place or something like that. But basically if it doesn’t match the previous two uses of they’re/their then just put T-H-E-R-E.
Its/It’s. Its I-T-S equals belonging. Its cat. Its dog. Its computer. It’s I-T apostrophe S equals it is. It is happy. It is sad. This one is more sneaky because usually apostrophes denote that something belongs to someone, ie. ‘This is Ellen’s video’. You put an apostrophe but not when it comes to 'it’s'. No, instead the creators of the English language have done something weird here so it fits in with the same rule as you’re and they’re, where the apostrophe denotes that a letter has been taken out and two words have been squished together and then so we didn’t get confused between the two they took the apostrophe out of the belonging version of its so that we would know it was a different type of thing so when we would read something we knew what they were talking about. Either that or they were just screwing with us. But anyway that’s all for today's lesson. If you see any other language rules constantly broken online and would like me to explain them to people please do let me know in the comment section, on Twitter, on Facebook just write it on there but do be aware that I will be marking you on grammar, spelling and punctuation. See ya, be careful on that one. Bye.
How important do you think it is to spell words correctly when you're writing on the internet?