Grammar 101: Word Use (Pt 1)

Welcome back to Grammar 101...
where I help the grammatically-challenged become proud Grammarians.
Or at least I try! lol

This week we're going to learn a bit about word use and common spelling errors.

I know we can't all be spelling bee champions and there are a few words out there that tend to trip us up.  Today, I'm hoping to fix that.

What do I mean by word use?  These are the words that look, sound or are used similarly but are not the same.

We're going to start with just a few examples (because I can go on & on & on with these) and we'll cover some more on a later date.

Example 1: Because / Since
You would use the word because when providing a reason for something.
eg: I can't write the review because I haven't read the book yet.

You would use the word since when referring to the passage of time.
eg: I haven't read "James and the Giant Peach" since I was in third grade.

Example 2: Than / Then
{This one drives me bonkers!}
You would use than only when comparing things.
eg: I like this author's recent work so much more than her older books.

You would use then when you're thinking of time (something following something else).
eg: Once I finish all my chores, then I can curl up on the couch with my new book.

Example 3: Accept / Except
{This one is too common!}
You would use accept as a verb when receiving something offered or when consenting to something.
eg: I accepted the flowers that he gave me after I accepted his apology.

You would use except as a preposition, conjunction or idiom when making an exclusion.
eg 1: They were there except me. (preposition)
eg 2: The fortress was well fortified except here. (conjunction)
eg 3: I wish I could travel more except I don't have the time or money right now. (idiom)

Last Example: I.e. vs. E.g.

I.e. and e.g. are both abbreviations for Latin terms. 
I.e. stands for id est and means roughly "that is." 
E.g. stands for exempli gratia, which means “for example.” 
Here's a handy-dandy memory trick to remember help remember when to use which:  Remember, i.e., which starts with i, means “in other words,” and e.g., which starts with e, means “for example.”
I = in other words. E= example.
You guys got all that?
Now for the fun stuff.

{Thanks to Gina from Hott Books for sending me this gem!}
 Eccept is just ALL kinds of wrong!
I would ACCEPT the challenge of teaching this school how to spell properly EXCEPT I fear there's no hope!

Uhm...they can't exactly beat ANY price if there are EXCEPTIONS, can they?

That's all for today folks!

Have a super day!


  1. YES! These drive me crazy! Also, effect/affect!

  2. Oooh yes, these are my pet peeve too! But are you sure about because & since? Surely they can also be interchangeable in terms of providing reason?

    And omg, those billboards or whatever are criminal, haha!

  3. Off topic but I need help, I can't find the link for the zombie challenge for April reviews. Thanx in advance


  4. I love this post. I think I'll print it up and frame it.

  5. From this batch I only have problems with then and than. But this is easier to correct than the right use of commas. Because I didn't get that... I think I need a Dutch explanation for some of the lessons, haha.

  6. And here I am picking to bits books and newspapers where writers are getting it all wrong there too.
    When I want a lot of fun, I get a red pen and go through my newspaper on the weekend and pick out the grammatical error and spelling errors that writers leave in; and find how terrible they really are!

  7. I'm always looking up how to properly use i.e. and e.g. Now I'll just bookmark this post and save myself the mission of looking on the web. Great post Isa.

  8. I know the proper use of these but sometimes they come our wrong and I feel like such a douche. I also screw up affect/effect, it's/its, etc. Oh,and there's always the hear/here, there/their mess up if I'm writing too fast...annoying!

  9. Hahaha. I love the signs at the end!

  10. OH MY GOD! I was laughing so hard at this post...
    wow, then the picture.... OR should I say the 'pitchers' was awesome. HAHAHAHAHA


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