THERE or THEIR or THEY’RE
These are three English words that are very often misused, and it can be quite confusing to understand when to use which one.
However, it is really important to be able to distinguish the differences in these words and how and when to use them.
THERE – Definition and Examples
The word THERE is used both as a pronoun and as an adjective and it is used to:
- show direction or position
- show that something does exist
- often used at the beginning of many sentences
|There’s is the abbreviation of “there is”
|There’s your shopping
|There’s your coat
|Put your cost down there.
|Can you see that car over there?
|There is still hope
|He is there now
|Is she there yet?
|There are many chemists in our village
|I hope there is no rain tomorrow
|There must be a different way to do this
|I did not know there was sugar in my coffee
|There is supposedly a party tonight
|There is one church in town
|What’s that over there?
|Your pen is there on the table
|Can you see the clouds up there?
|There is going to be a thunderstorm tonight
THEIR – Definition and Examples
The word THEIR is a possessive pronoun
- It comes from the word “they”
- It describes a noun
|Their books are old
|Their shoes are nicely polished
|Those are their belongings
|They forgot to bring their coats
|They didn’t do their homework
|Their legs were not shaven
|Their faces were pale
|Their car is white
|The car over there is theirs
|This is their dog
|Their dog always barks in the evening
|Going to the cinema was their idea
|Is that their house?
|What are their friends called again?
|Oh dear, I forgot their names
|Their plane was delayed, and they were happy to finally get home
THEY’RE – Definition and Examples
The word THEY’RE
- Is a contraction of “they are”
- It is similar to other contraction like won’t for will not
|They’re happy to finally be home
|They’re going to arrive at ten o’clock
|Can you understand what they’re saying?
|I can’t believe it, they’re late again!
|They’re getting on my nerves, with all that laughing
|They’re not leaving on Friday anymore
|I believe they’re coming for dinner tonight