Grammar Zone | there, their, and they’re

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In this episode of The A to Z English Podcast, Xochitl and Jack explain the differences between theretheir, and they’re.

The words “there,” “their,” and “they’re” are homophones, which means they sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Here’s a breakdown of each:


Definition: Used to indicate a place or location.

Example: “I left my keys over there.”


Definition: A possessive adjective indicating ownership by a group of people.

Example: “The students forgot to take their books home.”


Definition: A contraction of “they are.”

Example: “They’re going to the movies tonight.”

To remember the difference:

“There” has the word “here” in it, and both refer to a place or location.

“Their” has the word “heir” in it, suggesting ownership by a group.

“They’re” is a contraction of “they are,” so if you can replace it with “they are” in a sentence and it still makes sense, then you’re using it correctly.

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