It’s been a while since I added to the Blogging Grammar series. It’s produced on something of a need to know basis. If I see a grammar error repeatedly — enough to grate on my English sensibilities — then I’m pretty sure people need to know how to fix the problem. So that I don’t have to be irritated any longer.
Until the rise of the internet, about half the people on the planet had never used the word “site.” Now, it’s common enough that the various heterogrpahs get mixed up far too often. Here’s a simple primer.
Today’s lesson: when to use your and when to use sight, site, or cite.
I don’t have any keen tricks to remember which word to use. It’s simply a matter of memorization. Perhaps readers can come up with a mnemonic to help. Here are the definitions:
Sight is being able to see with your eyes or observing something
I have the enemy in sight!
Site is an area or place
We selected a building site for our home.
This is a great lifestyle design website.
Cite is to quote or praise
Please cite three experts when you write your paper.
When you run across a word you aren’t sure of, take a minute to make sure you are using the correct word. Your credibility as a writer depend on it.