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Shear? or Sheer? ~ 5 Minute Grammar Lesson

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Well…wouldn’t you know it? My own blog is the inspiration for this post. Many thanks to An Exacting Life for pointing out my error!

It’s time for the Weekly 5 Minute Grammar post!

Shear or Sheer, which is the better grammar

In a post last week, I wrote shear money when I should used sheer money. I was discussing other costs involved in products besides just money: for instance gas and time. So what’s the difference between sheer and shear you may ask?

SHEAR is all about cutting or clipping. In Farmer Boy, for instance, Almonzo’s family must shear their sheep to if they’d like to dress in clothes.

SHEER, on the other hand, has many meanings. It can mean see-through {as in fabric}, very steep {like a hill}, or completely or absolutely, as I meant in my post.

So, there you have it. ME using a word incorrectly. 😉 Now I know. And you can bet it won’t happen again. At least with sheer and shear. I’m sure you can find lots of typos in my posts if you look hard enough. 😉

Are there any words you have a hard time keeping straight? I’d love to hear!

And that, my friends, is your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson. Until next time, Grammarians. Happy Sunday!

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


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