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Prof. Mechem's Pet Peeves

It's is a contraction meaning It is.
Its is the possessive form.
"It's crying for its mother"

ie except after c

rEIgn

alot is NOT ONE WORD : try a lot

although

Their is a possessive, not to be confused with There

Watch your subject/noun agreement:
     "The student presents his/her idea" OR
     "The students present their idea"

The THEN/THAN controversy:
     "Then we went to the store"
     "Easier than stealing candy from a baby"

Altar vs. Alter
     an altar is a place for sacrifice
     alter (a verb) means to change something
     "We altered the altar"

The verb "to lead' has a past tense...
     "Hannibal led the army over the Alps"
     "Col. Mustard did it, with the lead pipe, in the study" (as in the metal lead).

İMarch 2001 Skidmore College Department of Classics
 Created and Maintained by Alexander Carballo '01
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