Their, They’re, and There (and Your and You’re)

English with a Smile

By Miranda Carter

Homonyms are common throughout the English language. They are words that sound the same but have different meanings (and, sometimes, different spellings). Their, they’re, and there are often mixed up, even by native English speakers when they’re writing fast or they aren’t thinking too much. Using the wrong form of the word can lead to confusion and, simply, poor grammar. Let’s learn the difference between these words to avoid future mistakes!

There: in or at that place. The book is there, on the table.

Their: a form of the possessive case of they, used as an adjective before a noun. Their books are on the table.

They’re: contraction of “they are.” They’re on the table.

Tip: When using their, their, or they’re in a sentence, think before you write – Are you talking about a place? Use there. Are you referring…

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