Simple Stuff (Things you should have learned before high school)
- "Passed" is the past tense of "pass." Period. That's the only time it's used.
I passed Casey's on the way to school yesterday; in fact, I pass it every day.
- "Past" is used for anything else.
- "Dessert" is what you might eat after dinner. You can remember that by thinking "I want two helpings of dessert"; that helps because the letter s is in the word two times.
- "Desert" is used for anything else, like (1) the sandy place where camels live and (2) to leave someone/something behind.
Don't desert your friends in the desert.
- Just ask yourself if the noun is singular or plural. Don't worry about whether it's "countable."
- If it's singular , use less/much:
less time, less fruit, etc.
How much lemonade do you want?
- If it's plural nouns, use fewer/many:
fewer boys, fewer days, etc.
How many hours did you work last week?
- For words that are spelled the same in singular and plural, just think about if it means one or more than one.
I caught fewer fish this weekend. (more than one)
My fish taco has less fish than yours. (one)
- Hear = what you do with your ears
[See how they're spelled almost the same?]
- Here = a place ['Where' & 'there' are also talking about a place and are spelled almost the same.]
- "Here" is also used for "here is" and "here are."
- Heir = the person who inherits stuff when someone dies
- "Quite" means more than just 'some' but not as much as 'very many.'
You have quite a few missing assignments.
- It's often used as "NOT quite."
We're not quite finished.
- "Quiet" is the opposite of loud.
A classroom should be quiet.
- "Quit" means to stop doing something.
Sometimes you have to know when to quit.
- "Too" means "also" or "more than needed."
I want some ice cream too!
Don’t give the baby too much milk.
- "Two" is the number 2.
It starts with tw, like "twin" and "twice."
- "To" can go before a verb, as in "I like to run." This is called the infinitive form.
- It can also be a preposition, like "I’m going to Tulsa" and "please give this to her."
- "There" is a place, just like here & where, which are also talking about a place. Do you see how all three have "here"? That's on purpose. :-)
- "There" is also used for "there is" and "there are."
- "Their" shows possession (like "their cousins," "their house," etc.). It's actually they + r, just like you + r = your.
- Whenever you see "they're," think "they are" and see if it makes sense. It's like we are = we're and you are = you're.