Using “and I” vs. “and me” In a Sentence
Example: “Bob and I went to the bank.” Take out the “Bob and,” and use what sounds right: “I went to the bank.”
Wrong: “The Board met with Don and I.”
Right: “The Board met with Don and me.”
Wrong: “Please let Brenda or I know if you have questions.”
Right: “Please let Brenda or me know if you have questions.”
This is one of the simplest rules, and there are NO exceptions.
While this is spelled as one word when you are using it as an adjective, it is TWO words when using it to express time or as a noun. Say, “These are my everyday clothes,” but “I wear them every day.”
It’s vs. Its
It’s is a contraction of it is or it has. “It’s raining outside.”
Its is used in the same way as his or hers. “The cat chased its tail.”
Never, ever, put the apostrophe at the very end. There is NO usage in American English that makes that correct.
Apostrophes in Plurals
Never use an apostrophe when pluralizing.
Banana = bananas
Avocado = avocados
Videos = videos
DVD, CD = DVDs, CDs
1920 = 1920s
This is NOT a word! You may find it in a dictionary, but it will be marked “non-standard.” Please pay attention to that. This is actually a mixup of two words: regardless and irrespective, either of which you should use instead.
You won’t find this word in any dictionary in the universe. That’s because it’s TWO words: a lot. Always. No exceptions.
Even hotel websites spell this word wrong. It’s accommodate, with two Ms.
Where to put the punctuation when using quotation marks
In American English, the punctuation belongs inside the quotation marks. I asked, “Why do you want to go to the park?” He answered, “Because I like walruses.” The only exception is the colon; close the quotation marks before it.
Your or You’re
Your denotes possession: “Is this your movie review?”
You’re is a contraction of you are: “I think you’re wrong in your movie review.”
Their, they’re, or there
Their means it belongs to them: “This is their house.”
They’re is a contraction of they are: “They’re always talking about selling.”
There is a place: “Take this book over there.”