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Post by Kangas on Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:56 am

This is another example of words that are frequently confused. Once again, their similar pronunciation might be one of the causes for such confusion. But if we analyse carefully each one of them, then it will be quite easy to understand the differences between then and never make the same mistake again. Very Happy

While "their" is a pronoun that implies possession (something that belongs to them, "they"), in the case of "they're" we have a contraction of "they are". "There" is an adverb of place. Once we understand these differences it is very easy to use these words without any issues.

Let's look at their meaning according to

  • There

    1. in or at that place ( opposed to here): She is there now.
    2. at that point in an action, speech, etc.: He stopped there for applause.
    3. in that matter, particular, or respect: His anger was justified there.
    4. into or to that place; thither: We went there last year.
    5. (used by way of calling attention to something or someone): There they go.
    6. in or at that place where you are: Well, hi there.

    7. (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which the verb comes before its subject or has no complement): There is no hope.
    8. that place: He comes from there, too.
    9. that point.

    10. that state or condition: I'll introduce you to her, but you're on your own from there on.

    11. (used for emphasis, especially after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective): Ask that man there.

    12. (used to express satisfaction, relief, encouragement, approval, consolation, etc.): There! It's done.

    13. been there, done that, Informal . (used to say that you have experienced or are familiar with something and now think it is boring or of little worth): A big house in the suburbs? Been there, done that.

  • Their

    1. a form of the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun: their home; their rights as citizens; their departure for Rome.
    2. (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine form his or the definite feminine form her ): Someone left their book on the table. Did everyone bring their lunch?

  • They're

    contraction of they are.



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