For reasons unknown to humankind, many of us – even those of us who consider ourselves nimble typists with gazelle-like speed and unerring accuracy – are (much to our chagrin) prone to two particular mistakes: typing it’s when we mean its and you’re when we mean your.
Maybe it’s the pleasant physical flair that it takes to pinkie-plink the apostrophe, maybe it’s just inattention, but whatever the reason, it’s a noteworthy yet easily corrected slip-up. But because it’s and its and you’re and your are homonyms – words that are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings – spell-check doesn’t catch them. That means we have to do so manually (eye-ually?).
Take an extra few seconds to check your work for every instance of it’s, its, you’re, and your to ensure that the right word is being used at the right time.
This is easier to do than it sounds. Here's what to do:
Every instance of that word will be highlighted, making it easy for you to scan your document to ensure you've typed the right word. It's incredibly simple and fast.