They're, Their, There
, and there
are English homophones
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these words are said the same,
but they have very different meanings
They are very common in the English language, so it
is important that
you know how to use them correctly when writing.
Their = shows ownership
There = at that place, opposite of here
is a contraction for the
words "they" and "are."
is often (but not always) followed by a verb ending in –ing.
(This form of a verb is called the present
going to the movie.
- I think they're moving
- Do you know what they're
- They're watching
the kids tonight.
- They're happy
to see her.
- They're at my home tonight.
- They're going
to be late for the meeting.
is a possessive adjective used
to show ownership
. It shows that
something belongs to someone. It is usually followed by a noun.
- That is their
(They own the dog.)
- Their house
(The house belongs to them.)
- Do you know their last name?
(The name belongs to them.)
- I enjoyed their
(The wedding belonged to them.)
- Is that their
(They own the red car.)
can be used in a few different ways. It is most commonly used as an
adverb or a pronoun.
is usually used as an adverb.
- in or at that place
- to that place
- at that point in action
It is the opposite of here.
- Put the books over there on
(Put the books at that place on the table.)
- We went there last
(We went to that place last week.)
- Do you want to sleep here or there?
(Do you want to sleep in this place or that place?)
- The teacher stopped there and
answered my question.
(The teacher stopped at that point and answered my question.)
- Have you ever been there?
(Have you ever been to that place?)
- I am afraid to go in there!
(I am afraid to go in that place!)
"there" is a pronoun
used to introduce a sentence when the verb
comes before the subject.
are many trees on that hill.
- There are
many kids in my family.
- There is
no reason to cry.
- There is
a lot of work to do.
Theirs vs There's
When studying "they're, their, and there's", you must also learn the differences
between "theirs" and "there's."
They are also homophones
with very different meanings.
"Theirs" also shows
ownership, but it is a possessive
shows ownership for the subject "they."
- That house is theirs.
is the blue car.
- Which dog is theirs?
"There's" is a contraction for the words "there" and "is"
There's = There + is/has
the book I want to read.
(There is the book I want to read.)
been a lot of arguing about the new law.
(There has been a lot of arguing about the new law.)
been too much traffic on the highway.
(There has been too much traffic on the highway.)
gold in these mountains!
(There is gold in these mountains!)
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