Sunday, January 26, 2014

There, Their, They're


These pronouns can be tricky to use in writing and in speech. These words all sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Therefore, they are called homophones.

1. Use "there" to express location (adverb) or to begin a sentence (pronoun). 


  


Examples: 
                     Is anyone sitting over there near the door?
                     We ran from there to the end of the street when the dog got loose.
                     There are too many people in this movie theater.

2. Use "their" (possessive pronoun) when speaking of the possessions or belongings of two or more people.

Examples: 

              Trisha and Alice changed their work schedules to take Zumba on Monday night.
                                               possessions or belongings = work schedules

3. Use "they're" as a contraction for the phrase "they are." The indefinite pronoun 'they' refers to a pair or group of people while "are" is a form of the irregular verb 'be' which is used to form an auxiliary verb or helping verb.

Examples: 

             Tommie and Kenyon said they're ready to go home.
             Tommie and Kenyon said they are ready to go home. 

**Note:   Do not use contractions in formal or professional writing, such as essays or reports.



Suggested Online Writing Class:     Spelling Rules Redux





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