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Don't look stupid the right word
Homonyms are words that sound the same even though they are different words with different meanings. Sometimes folks will get them confused with each other and use the wrong one. It really isn't difficult to learn which is which and use them correctly. Here are a few of the more common ones.
know - to understand
their - possessive form of they, belonging to them
to - a preposition, place, or connection
which - a question of one thing or the other
your - belonging to you
not exactly a homonym, but still one that messes up a lot of people
Study this list. Learn a few of them. Use the right word and look less stupid.
I - subjective pronoun form of first person singular
right: I went to the store.
right: Irene and I went bowling.
right: Tom went to the movies with me.
right: Jeremy gave me a rose.
right: Susan took a picture of Jack and me.
The last example is probably the most common misuse of these words. A simple way to remember the correct way is to remove the other person and the 'and' from the sentence and see how it sounds. You wouldn't say 'a picture of I' but you would say 'a picture of me'. Putting in 'Jack and' doesn't change this.
Learn the rules. They're easy, and they make you look smart!