There, They’re and Their

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Grammar Tip: There, They’re and Their from Mainstay Editorial Services

Grammar Tip: There, They’re and Their

I’m going to dive right in to one of my biggest grammar pet peeves – the misuse of there, they’re and their. I admit when I am writing in a hurry, I fall victim to the misuse of these words. They are pronounced the same way, and their spellings are similar. It is easy to get them mixed up. In fact, can I be perfectly honest? While writing this piece, I caught myself typing the incorrect version several times. However, when you take the time to look at your written work and think about the meaning of your sentence, it is easy to determine the correct usage.

There –

As an adverb, there refers to a place or position usually the opposite of here. Example: He tossed the book over there.

There can also be used as a pronoun. In this case, it is used to introduce a sentence or clause. Example: There is no reason to argue.

They’re –

They’re is a contraction used to combine the words they are or they were. The apostrophe signals to the reader that letters are missing. Example: They’re eating lunch before going to the movie. (They are eating lunch.) 

Their –                                                          

This version of their shows possession. Example: Their house is two miles from the office. (The house belongs to them.)


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