From the Word Wizard Club...
September 25, 2006

Congratulations, Kids! You've completed learning the next round of vocabulary words, and now it's time to review.

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you're

Which Means:

The contraction for 'you are'.

As In:

Image "You're the one for me," the man sang passionately from his heart.

Heads Up!

The apostrophe in this word takes the place of the A in 'are'. A contraction is made up of two words, so when you want to say "you are", you can use the apostrophe and make one word out of two.

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your

Which Means:

Referring to something that belongs to you.

As In:

Image What are your chores this fall?

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The possessive for 'you' doesn't need an apostrophe (').

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their

Which Means:

Referring to something that belongs to them.

As In:

Image They said that their idea was brilliant, but I liked mine better!

Heads Up!

This possessive pronoun for 'they' doesn't need an apostrophe (').

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there

Which Means:

A place that is away from where the speaker stands.

As In:

Image How will I get from here to there?

Heads Up!

This word, like 'here', shows a place. When you want to show 'over there', spell this word with a T!

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they're

Which Means:

The contraction for the two words "they are."

As In:

Image They're close in the swimming race--who will win?

Heads Up!

The apostrophe in this word takes the place of the A in 'are'. A contraction is made up of two words smushed together with a letter taken out and replaced by the apostrophe. So when you want to say "they are", you can use the apostrophe and make one word out of two!

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threw

Which Means:

Tossed into the air with a hand or hands.

As In:

Image The graduate threw his cap into the air, but it always landed back on his head!

Heads Up!

This past tense of 'throw' only needs one letter change: O to E.

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through

Which Means:

Going in one side and out the other or along the inside of something.

As In:

Image The sound of the chime floated through the air.

Heads Up!

The ending of this word, -ough, is found on many words: though, plough, cough, rough. But watch out--each has a different pronunciation!

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right

Which Means:

Correct, like it is supposed to be or the opposite direction of left.

As In:

Image If you turn to the right (opposite of left), you will be on the right (correct) street.

Heads Up!

This word rhymes with many others - what are they? The spelling might be easy, but you have to remember which 'right' or 'write' to use in your sentence.

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write

Which Means:

To make letters or words by using your hand and a pen or pencil.

As In:

Image He writes to his pen pal in Brazil every month.

Heads Up!

'Write' takes longer to spell because it has five letters!

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whether

Which Means:

This connecting word shows that there are two choices, and it takes the place of "if" in the middle of sentences.

As In:

Image Santa remained cheerful whether he was appreciated or not.

Heads Up!

If you wonder whether 'whether' has two Hs, it does!

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weather

Which Means:

The sun, rain, heat, and wind in a place.

As In:

Image It was the perfect weather to relax at the beach and build a sand castle!

Heads Up!

The weather is like a feather if it's nice out, and that's how you can remember how to spell it.

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