Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mini Grammar Lesson of the Day: Their, They're, and There

Today's lesson is another word choice lesson. It seems that figuring out the correct word to use can be difficult for many people. In a previous blog I have already covered the usage of to, two, and too, and I've touched on other confusing word choices as well. Today I'm going to show you the difference between the words there, their, and they're.

There is indicative of a place: "We're going to go there after we are finished here," or "Look over there!" "There are some awesome apples in that apple tree over there."

Their is a possessive pronoun: "Their car is in the shop, so they are (they're) borrowing their parents' car."

They're (as shown in the sentence above) is a contraction of they + are. "They're going to their parents' house in the morning."

Simple, right? So don't let me catch you mixing them up!