“There”, “They’re” and “Their”


Why does English have to be so difficult? Yeah, we wonder the same thing sometimes.

Like the words “there”, “they’re” and “their” sound alike, but are spelt differently and have different meanings.

We don’t want to get too technical, but if you’re the kind of person who often wonders whether you are using them correctly, below are a few tips to help you.

“Their” refers to something belonging to someone:

“It’s their life. Not yours.”

“They’re” in its original form is “they are”.  So if a sentence doesn’t sound right with “they are”, then it’s either “their” or “there”:

“I enjoy spending time with them. They’re a lot of fun.”

“There” refers to a position:

“She is sitting over there.”

It can also apply to other situations where “their” and “they’re” would be incorrect:

There you go. ”

“There is something I need to tell you.”

So when it’s not “they’re” or “their”, it’s likely “there”.