In this grammar tips episode, Alexis Avila gives you pairs of words that always seem to trip everyone up. Some of the examples of commonly confused words include:

  • Affect vs. Effect
  • Lie vs. Lay
  • It’s vs. Its
  • i.e. vs. e.g.

Affect vs. Effect

  • Affect is a verb, meaning to have an effect on or influence.
  • Effect is thus a noun, meaning anything brought about by a cause. Also think “side effects” to remember this one!

Lie vs. Lay

  • Lie means to recline or rest on a surface; usually a person lies down.
  • Lay means to put or place something on a surface; usually an object uses lay.

It’s vs. Its

  • It’s is contraction, meaning “It is”. If you’re using this, the sentence should make sense with “It is” spelled out.
  • Its is a possessive pronoun, showing belonging.

i.e. vs. e.g.

  • The abbreviation i.e. is used in place of “in other words” or “that is”.
  • The abbreviation e.g. is used in place of “for example”.

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