To two too-nice folks who gifted a space heater: “It’s nice to have its warmth in winter.”

This is another post concerning commonly misused words that, with a little thought and effort, could easily be used properly, thus conveying your ideas accurately, avoiding the embarrassment of being perceived as an uneducated rube, and beautifying and preserving our collective written environment.

First, there’s ‘two’. ‘Two’ (2) plus ‘two’ (2) equals four (4).  I don’t see much misuse of ‘two.’  But, when I do, it is (it’s) a jaw-dropping moment for me.  If you love America and pray for its future, please do not (don’t) EVER assert that ‘to’ (2) plus ‘too’ (2) equals ‘for’ (4).

Next, there is (there’s) ‘to’ and ‘too.’  It is (It’s) a sad fact of life that one extra letter, just ONE EXTRA LETTER! can make the difference between you making yourself look good and making yourself look like an uneducated rube, but it is (it’s) the truth.

Without getting bogged down in all that boring grammar, the best way to illustrate proper usage of these two words is by using an example:

Mary is going ‘to’ the store, and I am going ‘too.’

We went ‘to’ a buffet restaurant and I ate ‘too’ much.

To make this mistake more than two times is two times too many!  Moving on…

As you may have noticed, I have been illustrating the use of the contraction ‘it’s’ (it is) and the word (let’s call it a pronoun) ‘its.’  Again: one little apostrophe ( ‘ ) can mean the difference between lookin’ good and uneducated rube.

‘It’s’ good to love America and to pray for ‘its’ future.

As you can see, ‘It’s’ is used when you want to say ‘it is.’  Pronouns like ‘its’ are a bit trickier (Google ‘misplaced pronouns’ and see for yourself), but in the above example the word ‘its’ is used as a substitute for the word ‘America.’  It’s alright to say, “It’s good to love America and to pray for America’s future.”  But, using ‘its’ to stand in for the second use of America is what we are talking about here.

I hope this helps.  Please use to, two, too, it’s, and its properly and make us proud!

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