THEY’RE or THERE? OR THEIR? Even for native English speakers, it can sometimes be difficult to choose between these three words. What is the difference between these three words (homophones) which are pronounced exactly the same? When speaking, there is no difference and no need to worry but when writing you definitely want to choose the right one because there is a huge difference between them.
“Their” is a possessive adjective that signifies ownership, belonging or association. It is usually followed by a noun. For example:
- Their house
- Their children
- Their car
- Their mistake
- Their thoughts
“There” is an adverb of place or it can be a pronoun depending on how it is used in the sentence For example as a pronoun:
- There is a book on the table
- There are plenty left
- There can’t be this many obstructionists in this organization!
- There must be a way
As for usage of “there” as an adverb often when speaking about a location or place:
- I will not go there.
- The forest is over there
- Put it there
- Take the road through there
Finally, “they’re” is a contraction or shortened form of “they are.” Examples of its usage are:
- I am not sure if they’re coming
- They’re late again
- They’re an item
- They’re two of the highest mountains in the world.
- Do you know if they’re the right ones?
Are you ready to quiz yourself on THEY’RE or THERE or THEIR?