We learn to speak before we learn to read and write, so sometimes when putting words onto the page it’s easy to confuse those that sound the same (also known as homonyms or homophones).
While the above words sound exactly the same all the time, two that don’t sound exactly the same all the time, but which I’ve noticed people frequently confuse, are OF and HAVE.
How so, some of you might be asking? OF and HAVE don’t sound anythingalike!
Sometimes they do. Read the following sentences out loud and decide which is correct:
When you say the above sentences out loud, they sound identical, right?
In each example 1 and 3 are correct, and 2 makes no sense. (Each 3 is a contraction of the 1.)
If you mix up HAVE and OF when you’re speaking, it won’t raise any eyebrows. But most people can tell the difference when they’re reading, so be careful!