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Okay, Class, Settle Down

Alright everyone, let’s get started. The bell ringer is on the board. We’re practicing our commonly confused words today. Take out your notes …
As you know, I’m a 9th grade English teacher. This week, we have focused on commonly confused words. In my adventures in the blogosphere, I have found that some of you make the same mistakes that my students do. I thought this might help y’all, too! No offense is intended at all.
STATIONARY VS. STATIONERY
Stationary = lack of movement
Stationery = writing paper
She was so transfixed by the beautiful monogramed stationery that she stood stationary.
RAISE VS. RISE

Raise = to put something up
Rise = to go up all on its own
She raised a hand to her forehead to block the rays of the rising sun because her Raybans were at the bottom.
LAY VS. LIE

Lay = to put something down
Lie = to rest in a flat position
She lay the work aside when she went to lie on the couch.
I hope this helps! Have a great Friday-eve. Oh, and I now have a Facebook page for Kate the (Almost) Great. PLEASE go like it!

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  • stationary v. stationery KILLS ME.

  • Nice! I consider myself a grammar enthusiast, but even I didn't know the lay vs. lie one very well. Thanks for clearing things up!

  • I'm a grammar nerd (although English is my second language), so I love this post!

  • Sky

    I really appreciate that you posted this. I’ve always wondered what the difference is between lie and lay, and your post finally cleared it up for me. Thank you so much!