There their they’re

These three words – ‘there, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ – all sound the same but have very different meanings and it’s incredible how many people can’t seem to get their heads around the difference.

But, guess what, there’s no big mystery. Just follow these simple guidelines and you should never get these common words mixed up again…

There is used generally to indicate location, as in: There is the house.


at the start of a sentence

Example: There will be rain tonight.

Their is the possessive form of they. In other words, it suggested belonging.

For example: The children like their toys


The cats drink their milk

And finally…

They’re is simply an abbreviation of They are

So, instead of writing: They are eating dinner,

We can say: They’re eating dinner.

So, there you have it. Simple really when you think about it.


One thought on “There their they’re

  1. Thank you, very much, for posting this. My classmates need to read this. Now please get famous so everyone who needs to correct they’re (ahem: their) english can see this? 🙂

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