A NotebookFor UsingThere, Their, and They’re
Standard SPI 0301.1.14 Recognize usage errors occurring within context (i.e., double negatives, troublesome words: to/too/two; their/there/they’re).
There, Their, and They’re There, their, and there are homophones. Because they have the same pronunciation, they are commonly confused by students. Here are a few notes on how to utilize them and helpful suggestions to remember .
There There is used to identify location. For example: Put the box over there. My group will meet there.
There A trick for remembering the correct use of there is to think of the word here. If you cover the letter t in there, you will have the word here. Here also refers to location: We will meet here tomorrow. I will put my books here.
Their Is a possessive pronoun. It shows ownership. That is their classroom. Their teacher will return soon. This is my book, but that is their pencil.
Their In order to remember the correct use of their, think of the word heir. An heir becomes the owner of his or her inheritance. He or she is the new owner.Remember, their shows ownership.
They’re Is a contraction for “they are”. For example:They are going to the movies. ORThey’re going to the movies. They are my friends. ORThey’re my friends.
They’re Always do the test before using “they’re”. Check to see if the sentence sounds correct with“they are”. If it doesn’t, the contraction, they’re, can not be used!
They’re You would not say: That is they are dog. OR I live they are. Neither of these sentence can use the contraction, they’re.
They’re You would say:That is their dog.I live there.
QuizUse the pointer to do the quiz. I live (there, they’re). (There, their) is my mother. That was (there, their) idea. I live here, but you live (they’re, there). Maggie will see if (they’re, their) coming. (Their, they’re) car is red.