“There”, “They’re” and “Their”

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The words “there”, “they’re” and “their” sound alike, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

If these three words confuse you, this post will show you how they’re used correctly.

“Their” refers to something belonging to someone.

It is the third-person plural possessive pronoun.


  • “It’s their life. Not yours.”
  • “They were asked to wash their hands before touching anything.”

“They’re” is a contraction of “they are”.

It’s how you would contract “we are” and “you are” to “we’re” and “you’re” respectively.


  • “I enjoy spending time with them. They’re a lot of fun.”
  • They’re not coming to the party tonight.”

“There” means “at that place” or the opposite of “here”.


  • “She was here a minute ago. Now she is sitting over there.”
  • “We’ll give you a call when we get there.”

It can also be used as a pronoun to introduce a word or a clause or to show that something exists.


  • There you go. “
  • “There is something I need to tell you.”
  • There are many countries in Asia.”

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