Hello guys, My name is Jade and I’m a baby author of a story named “Unbreakable”, I have been doing R4R for a couple of weeks now, and since English isn’t the first language of most of us (it’s not even mine) I’ve noticed that most of the stories I have read have these common errors, and since I have some knowledge I thought why not share them!
1- TO VS TOO
“To” is a preposition with several meanings, including “toward” and “until.”
-We went to the cinema yesterday. ( going to a place)
-I am speaking to my mom. (speaking to someone)
-Martha has been working from six to then. (doing something from an hour until another hour)
-I want to be a pilot when I grow up! (want to +"verb ")
-I would like to have some cola. (would like to + “verb”)
You have to tell me the truth! (have to + “Verb”)
“To” has a lot of uses, however, understanding “Too” will make it easier for you to decide which one you should use in your sentence.
Too is an adverb that means “as well” or “also,
EX: - I love you too! (I love you as well)
-Michael had to go too.
-You need to eat early and go to bed early too.
-Please take these pens and don’t forget to get these files too!
It can also describe a massive quantity:
Ex: - Is it too late to say sorry?
- This is too much
- This is too dangerous.
- Too much drama if you ask me.
In conclusion, if your sentence doesn’t describe a quantity and doesn’t mean as well or also.
2- LOSE AND LOOSE
This one is much easier! “Lose” is a verb, losing something means that you used to have something and now you don’t have anymore, the past tense of it is “Lost”
-I lost my wallet, can’t find it anywhere!
-Losing a friend hurts more than losing a lover.
-I lose my patience easily and I don’t know what to do about it!
The verb “Lose” can also be the opposite of the verb win and the past tense of it is “Lost”
- I won and you lost!
-I can’t believe you lost the competition! you were so close to winning!
As for “Loose” its a word and it has multiple meanings:
-This shirt is loose, I only wear M and this one is XXL! (the shirt is too big, it’s not fitting)(adverb)
-This tooth is loose, its about to fall! (The tooth isn’t fixed firmly in its place, it keeps moving)(adverb)
-This translation is loose (The translation isn’t exact) (adverb)
-Wear your hair loose. (Let your hair down and don’t tie it) (adverb)
-He loosed off a shot at the car. (He pulled the trigger) (verb)
-This prisoner is on the loose. (This prisoner has escaped the jail and the cops are looking for him)
In conclusion. if your sentence means that something is missing or if it is a matter of losing and winning
3- YOUR VS YOU’RE
Your and you’re are completely different from each other.
-This is your book (This book belongs to you)
-You’re going to be a great father when you have kids! (You are going to be a great father…)
So “Your” cant be used instead of “You’re” and vice-versa.
3-WERE VS WE’RE
It’s the same idea of “Your” and “You’re”:
-We were in LA last month. (Were is the past tense of Are)
-We’re having a BBQ today! (We are having…)
So “Were” cant be “We’re” and vice-versa.
4- SO VS TOO
Although both of them are describing a big amount of something, they cant be used as if they’re the same:
-I love you so much! (I love you a lot - positive sentence)
I love you too much (I love you more than needed - Negative sentence)
You’re being too emotional. (You shouldn’t be that emotional)
This movie is so funny! (I like this movie)
I hope this clarifies the confusion for you, I’m not a teacher and English isn’t my first language but I tried my best to explain! should I do more? let me know what you think! also let me know if there’s something else that confuses you, I’ll be more than glad to help!