Posted by: helpforyourenglish | February 26, 2011

there their and they’re

they’re, their and there

they’re, their and there have three different spellings and different meanings but they are usually pronounced the same by native speakers.

….

1. They’re

They’re = they are

They’re teachers = They are teachers.

They’re going to London next week = They are going to London next week.

Where are Tom and Jane going on holiday? They’re going to China.

2. Their

Their = belonging to them, associated with them.  It is a possessive pronoun like my, our, yourhis and her.

That is their house. (= That house belongs to them. That is where they live.)

….

3. There

The word there can be used to mean two things:

i. There = at a place, at that place

Example:

“Look! That’s the boy I was telling you about!”

‘Where?’

“Over there! In front of the school door!”

…..

ii. There = to exist

This is a very common and natural way in English to say something exists. We use there as a (grammatical) subject at the beginning of a sentence but the real subject of the sentence comes after the verb.

Examples:

There is a cat in the garden. There are two cats in the garden

There is a lot of traffic today.

….

Now test yourself.

Which is correct, A, B or C?

A. There over their in their car

B. Their over they’re in there car

C. They’re over there in their car.


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Responses

  1. C. is correct.

  2. C is correct.

  3. Is “A man stood in front of the statue” the same with “There stood a man in front of the statue”?

  4. Hi Bambang
    Yes, the meaning is the same but the first sentence is more normal for ordinary writing and speaking. The second sentence looks quite formal and it looks like it might be written in a poem or an old fashioned story.


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