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Regarding Proper-ish English

First of all, I'd like to recognize that English, specifically "American English" is not the only language in the world or on the web. However, according to the Manual of Style, which is a rather helpful resource, American English is preferred for much of this site. Another helpful resource is Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, which does something like a spell check for you if you enter the desired word incorrectly. You can also use if you're typing in the address, it's nice and quick.

I try to be as correct as possible, but if I do make a spelling or other mistake, please do correct me, and if you have a recommendation for something to be addressed or a better explanation or example, please let me know! I need all the help I can get.

I do not claim to know everything, or even most things. I just claim to have a lot of free time on my hands. This is very much a work in progress.

Common Usage Errors

Two, too, and to

  • Two is the number represented by the digit 2. In writing, it is generally better to spell out numbers rather than type them as digits.
    • Sokka has two rather iconic weapons: his boomerang and his space sword.
  • Too can be used in several ways. It can be used similar to the words 'also' or 'so,' and can be used as a form of expressing the degree or amount of something.
    • Toph likes to use sarcasm, but is quite honest too.
    • "Appa did not eat your sleeping bag!" "He did too!"
    • It's just too hot in the desert! And there's too much sand!
  • To is used to indicate some sort of movement or some sort of relationship towards or with some sort of thing. (erm, help! confusing explanation is confusing)
    • The Gaang flew to the northern water tribe.
    • Zuko is like a son to Iroh.
    • Aang wore a Fire Nation disguse to school.
    • When Bolin was kidnapped, Korra and Mako came to his rescue.

Affect and Effect

  • Affect is used when something is producing an influence, material or otherwise, on something else. Also, when trying to produce a false impression.
    • The sun and the moon both affect fire and water bending.
    • Azula's upbringing affects her sanity.
    • Sokka advised Aang to affect an air of indifference with Katara.
  • Effect is used when explaining the result or appearance of something, or when referring to movable property. Also, to cause or bring about something.
    • The emptiness of the air temple lent an eerie, echoing effect to their whispers.
    • Mako and Bolin gathered their personal effects when they moved out of the arena.
    • The conclusion of the war effected peace between the nations.

The difference between the two (as I understand it) is that an affect is an influencing factor while an effect is a factor that causes, or aims to cause, an actual result.

Update! Per Monkeyfeathers94, "The main difference between "affect" and "effect" is that "affect" is never a noun, while "effect" can be a noun or, less commonly, a verb." Thanks!

It's and its

  • It's is the contraction of 'it' and 'is.' Pretty straightforward.
    • I can't believe it's almost summer.
  • Its is used to show possession.
    • The Sabre-tooth moose lion was somewhat protective of its cub.

There, they're, and their

  • There is typically used to indicate a location, but has a few other uses as well.
    • The campsite is over there.
    • Is there any meat left?
    • Well hello there Mr. Turtleduck.
    • "'There!" Katara growled. "It's finished!"
  • They're is a contraction of 'they' and 'are.'
    • The Fire Ferrets wear different uniforms when they're training.
  • Their is used to show possession, either that of a group or an individual otherwise unspecified as 'him', 'her', or 'it'.
    • They had to sharpen 'their weapons.
    • The Equalists are dedicated to their cause.

Commonly Misspelled Words

Um, open for submissions here.

Simply for Fun

  • Other
    • Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo buffalo buffalo.
      • Can you come up with an Avatar-verse related translation?
        • (Hint: Adjective noun adjective noun verb, verb adjective noun.)

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