they’re vs their vs there : Common Errors in English

About they’re vs their vs there

Many people are so spooked by apostrophes that a word like “they’re” seems to them as if it might mean almost anything. In fact, it’s always a contraction of “they are.” If you’ve written “they’re,” ask yourself whether you can substitute “they are.” If not, you’ve made a mistake. “Their” is a possessive pronoun like “her” or “our” “They eat their hotdogs with sauerkraut.” Everything else is “there.” “There goes the ball, out of the park! See it? Right there! There aren’t very many home runs like that.” “Thier” is a common misspelling, but you can avoid it by remembering that “they” and “their” begin with the same three letters. Another hint: “there” has “here” buried inside it to remind you it refers to place, while “their” has “heir” buried in it to remind you that it has to do with possession.

there Meaning(s)

  • (n) a location other than here; that place
  • (r) in or at that place
  • (r) in that matter
  • (r) to or toward that place; away from the speaker

they’re in News

  1. Snowden Links Being Probed by Congress Focusing on China

    House Intelligence Committee leaders said they’re examining whether Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old technology contractor who leaked details about classified U.S. spy programs, was helped by a foreign government -- China in particular.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. Mayors of Boston and Chicago bet their cities’ pride on Stanley Cup Finals

    They’re wagering seafood, beer, and theater tickets, but ultimately at stake in the bet between the mayors of Chicago and Boston over the winner of the Stanley Cup Final is hometown pride.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

  3. Micro-Apartments Aren’t New, They’re Just Usually Illegal And Awful

    Tiny apartments are suddenly being hailed as a solution to skyrocketing urban housing prices. But they’re not new--SRO’s have been around for decades, and they’re historically so bad that they’re banned. Tiny, dorm-like micro-apartments are officially a “hot trend in U.S. real estate” according to a Reuters story that profiles civil engineer Aaron McConnell, who sleeps in a twin bed with eight ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fast Company Magazine

their in News

  1. Did 49ers really tip their plays vs. Rams in 2012?

    Former Ram and current 49er Craig Dahl made some NFC West waves this week when he revealed how the St. Louis Rams defense had, to some extent, solved San Francisco’s offense in 2012. The 49ers tipped their plays, Dahl told the San Jose Mercury News , allowing the Rams to often figure out whether a run or pass play was coming at them.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

  2. THEIR FAVORITE THINGS: Giant Composer Michael John LaChiusa Shares His Theatregoing Experiences's new feature series, Their Favorite Things, asks members of the theatre community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Playbill

  3. Their first year: Teachers reflect on their first classroom experiences

    Today is the last day of school for 21,000 Racine Unified students and their teachers. It’s a time for excitement – and reflection. At the beginning of the school year, The Journal Times asked three first-year teachers about their plans, hopes and fears. As their first year of teaching drew to a close, those same teachers answered another set of questions, this time about their best and worst ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Journal Times

there in News

  1. Is There Money to Be Made in Fast Food?

    Is There Money to Be Made in Fast Food?        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  2. There’s nothing happier than a dog with its head out of a car window [VIDEO]

    There is nothing and no one in this world happier than a dog with its head hanging out a car window. (Exception: Leonardo DiCaprio with his head hanging out a car window.)
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Caller via Yahoo! News

  3. There is a small chance you're blocked from commenting, here or elsewhere on the internet.

    There is a small chance you're blocked from commenting, here or elsewhere on the internet. Are you confused about why this happens? Of course you are. (Awful people are easily confused.) Here's Gawker explaining why dumb people get blocked , what is a dumb person, and how to not be dumb. Read more...        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gizmodo

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