Way With Words – Part 6

Last time on Way With Words, we looked at Affect and Effect, All right and Alright, It’s and Its, To and Too, and Bear and Bare. Today, we’re looking at the last five tips in the series. Last but definitely not least, we have…


Your and You’re

You’re going to forget your coat.

Remember when we covered who’s and whose? This is much the same – you’re is short for you are, and your is a possessive even though it doesn’t have an apostrophe or an S, just like you’d say his coat, her coat, their coat, and so on.


Their, They’re and There

After the wedding, they’re going to leave their cars there, and walk to the reception.

Just like before, they’re is short for they are. Their is for when something belongs to them, and there is for where something is. To remember it, try thinking of here, where and there as a set – you know they are to do with location because they all have the word ‘here’ inside them.


Loose and Lose

I’d hate for the chickens to get loose. We don’t want to lose them.

Is it missing? Someone managed to lose it, and now they’ve lost it.

Is it running wild? Is it less tight than it should be? It’s loose, and whoever did this loosed it or loosened it, depending on whether they let it out or… let it out.

Okay, hang on: Let out and Let out?

Let me out of here…

You can let out an animal by releasing it from a cage. You can also let out a tight garment by removing or redoing a line of stitching to make it a looser fit. ‘Loose’ comes from the Middle English for ‘free from bonds’, which is how it manages to appear alongside let out in both cases.

We sent the above gem to a fellow grammar enthusiast, who quickly responded with the following:

“I think the variation is that loosed is releasing the subject from the bindings, whereas loosened is removing the bindings from the subject.”

With that cleared up, let’s bring this back into easy terms for transcription. Firstly, lose is used as a verb more often, and loose tends to come up as an adjective. Secondly, just remember: if it’s pronounced like snooze, it’s lose with one O. If it’s pronounced like goose, it’s loose.


OK and Okay

OK, I think I’m good to go. What about you, are you feeling okay now?

OK is okay to use. Okay is OK to use too. Both terms have histories stretching back over 100 years, and varying – and conflicting – etymologies. Luckily, all that matters is to pick one and stick to it.


Transcriptionist and Transcriber

I’m a Speedy Transcripts transcriber – I work as a transcriptionist.

We’re ending on something more straightforward – either of these is fine! A transcriptionist is someone who does transcription, and a transcriber is someone who transcribes.


Hopefully, these quick grammar tips will set you on your way to easier, more professional transcription. For now, this concludes our Quick Tips series, but we’ll be back with more grammar facts and trivia soon. Until then, happy typing!

These grammar tips are all things our UK transcribers have picked up over the years while transcribing a wide range of media. Interested in more? Check out Quick Tips 1, Quick Tips 2, Quick Tips 3Quick Tips 4 and Quick Tips 5!

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