Posted by: Idioma Extra | August 1, 2012

Grammar Guru


They’re; There; Their

On Tuesday, we posted a blog about the importance of grammar. One of the topics that the author discussed was the difference between the homophones “they’re,” “there,” and “their.” Even native speakers/writers make a lot of mistakes between these three words. Below is a quick refresher on the differences as originally posted here: http://esl.about.com/od/grammarintermediate/a/cm_there.htm

They’re vs. There vs. Their

They’re is the contracted form of They are. This form is used in sentences using “they” as the subject of the sentence with the verb “to be” used as either the helping verb (e.g. They’re going …, They’re playing …) or the principal verb of the sentence.

Examples:

They’re working hard this week.
They’re very interested in helping out.

There is used as an introductory subject is sentences with “There is” and “There are”. It is also used as an adverb of place meaning “in that place”.

Examples:

There are many people in that room.
That’s my house over there.

Their is the possessive pronoun form. This form is used to express that “they” have a specific quality, or that something belongs to “them”.

Examples:

Their house is in Los Angeles.
He liked their looks!

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