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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. That was sheer genius! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If I could only get $1 for every time I see “your” instead of “you’re” on Facebook….

  2. This was a hard one! Good for you for learning from your own mistake and help us not the make the same mistake. ๐Ÿ™‚