Quick Grammar Tip: There/ They’re/ Their

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Do you know the difference between there, their, and they’re?

In short, there is a location. Their indicates possession. And they’re is a contraction for they are.

There

The word “there” indicates a location. If you can substitute “here” in place of “there” and have the sentence still make sense, then you picked the right one.

How do you make sure you have the right word?

Well, if you can substitute “here” in place of “there” and have the sentence still make sense, then you picked the right one. E.g. John is over there. / John is over here.

If you can substitute “our” in place of “their” and still have the sentence make sense, then you are using the right word. E.g. Sally is going to their house. / Sally is going to our house.

And last but not least, if you can substitute “they are” in place of “they’re” and the sentence still makes sense, you picked the right one. E.g. They’re happy to join us tonight. / They are happy to join us tonight.

See, it’s not that hard when

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