Archive for September, 2008

a quick grammar lesson

they’re, their and there:

they’re=contraction of they are. (They’re moving tomorrow.)

their=a form of the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun (Their boxes are on the sidewalk.)


1. in or at that place (opposed to here): She is there now.
2. at that point in an action, speech, etc.: He stopped there for applause.
3. in that matter, particular, or respect: His anger was justified there.
4. into or to that place; thither: We went there last year.
5. (used by way of calling attention to something or someone): There they go.
6. in or at that place where you are: Well, hi there.


7. (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which the verb comes before its subject or has no complement): There is no hope.
8. that place: He comes from there, too.
9. that point.


10. that state or condition: I’ll introduce you to her, but you’re on your own from there on.


11. (used for emphasis, esp. after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective): Ask that man there.


12. (used to express satisfaction, relief, encouragement, approval, consolation, etc.): There! It’s done.

They’re moving over there and taking everything that is theirs.


sense, since and cents.


1. any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body.
2. these faculties collectively.
3. their operation or function; sensation.
4. a feeling or perception produced through the organs of touch, taste, etc., or resulting from a particular condition of some part of the body: to have a sense of cold.
5. a faculty or function of the mind analogous to sensation: the moral sense.
6. any special capacity for perception, estimation, appreciation, etc.: a sense of humor.
7. Usually, senses. clear and sound mental faculties; sanity: Have you taken leave of your senses?
8. a more or less vague perception or impression: a sense of security.
9. a mental discernment, realization, or recognition; acuteness: a just sense of the worth of a thing.
10. the recognition of something as incumbent or fitting: a sense of duty.
11. sound practical intelligence: He has no sense.
12. something that is sensible or reasonable: to talk sense.
13. the meaning or gist of something: You missed the sense of his statement.
14. the value or worth of something; merit: There’s no sense in worrying about the past.
15. the meaning of a word or phrase in a specific context, esp. as isolated in a dictionary or glossary; the semantic element in a word or group of words.
16. an opinion or judgment formed or held, esp. by an assemblage or body of persons: the sense of a meeting.
17. Genetics. a DNA sequence that is capable of coding for an amino acid (distinguished from nonsense).
18. Mathematics. one of two opposite directions in which a vector may point.

–verb (used with object)

19. to perceive (something) by the senses; become aware of.
20. to grasp the meaning of; understand.
21. (of certain mechanical devices) to detect physical phenomena, as light, temperature, radioactivity, etc., mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.
22. Computers. to read (punched holes, tape, data, etc.) mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.

23. come to one’s senses, to regain one’s good judgment or realistic point of view; become reasonable.
24. in a sense, according to one explanation or view; to a certain extent: In a sense it may have been the only possible solution.
25. make sense, to be reasonable or comprehensible: His attitude doesn’t make sense.


1. from then till now (often prec. by ever): He was elected in 1978 and has been president ever since.
2. between a particular past time and the present; subsequently: She at first refused, but has since consented.
3. ago; before now: long since.


4. continuously from or counting from: It has been warm since noon.
5. between a past time or event and the present: There have been many changes since the war.


6. in the period following the time when: He has written once since he left.
7. continuously from or counting from the time when: He has been busy since he came.
8. because; inasmuch as: Since you’re already here, you might as well stay.

cents=the change part of money (I have fifteen dollars and twenty-six cents [$15.26]).


contrary to popular belief, none of these are interchangable.

eat it, breathe it, love it, but more importantly…USE IT!