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14.5 Spelling: Words that Sound Alike

Then indicates a time relationship between two thoughts or introduces the result of an action in an if . . . then . . . statement.
Let's buy some ice cream, and then eat it down by the river.
If we had a few fireworks, then we could really celebrate.

Than shows a comparison.

That would be a lot better than fighting the crowds for a seat in the stadium.
On a sheet of paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 12

Two spells out the numeral 2.

Noah must have looked hard to find two fleas.

Too means excessively (more than enough) or also.

It's too bad he succeeded. I wish he'd left the ticks behind, too.
To introduces either an infinitive (the name of a verb) or a prepositional phrase.
I need to check my dog carefully every morning after I've taken him to the field for his run.
On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 13
No states the opposite of yes or represents the quantity zero.
No, I'm afraid that pie has no lemon flavor at all.
To know is a verb meaning to recognize or to understand.
I think I know why it came out that way.
Now identifies the present moment.
We could still add some juice to the topping, even now.

On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 14

Whether introduces a dependent clause about an uncertainty.

The builders don't know whether they can finish the house by June.

Weather is a noun referring to the condition of the outdoor air.

They can't work on the roof in stormy weather.

On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 15

Passed is the simple past and the past participle form of to pass.

Parents' attitudes aren't always passed on to their children.

Past indicates a time before the present. It can also act as a preposition similar to by.

However, parents often see their own past thoughts and feelings being acted out again as their children move past each milestone of growth toward adulthood.

On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 16

Were is the simple past plural form of to be.

The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California.

We're is the contracted form of we are.

We're hoping to visit there.

Where introduces a question or a dependent clause about a place.

Where is the nearest bus station? I wonder where we can find out.
On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 17
Their is the possessive form of they.

I love their optimism.
They're is the contracted form of they are.

Roman and Sue think they're going to be able to fix the car.

There often indicates a place away from here. At other times, there is used in expressions like there is and there are.

There are very few things that teach people their limits more quickly than struggling with a car engine. I'm going to stop at Sue's house on the way home and see what's happening over there.

On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 18
Your is the possessive form of you (note that it has no apostrophe).

We're going to your house.
You're is the contracted form of you are (note the apostrophe).
You're going to make dinner for all of us.

On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 19

Its is the possessive form of it (note that it has no apostrophe).

What I like best about my room is its view.

It's is the contracted form of it is or it has (note the apostrophe).

The room is tiny, but it's full of the western light.

On a separate paper, write two or three sentences using each word.

Application 20

Whose is the possessive form of who (note that it has no apostrophe).

Manfred is a telephone operator whose dream is to get an armadillo for a pet.

Who's is the contracted form of who is or who has (note the apostrophe).

He's the one who's been reading all those stories about ancient heroes and heroines who were turned into animals.

Application 21

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