Katherine Velliquett
Professional Teacher
There, Their, and They're

I'm sure this topic has been covered before, but let's have a refresher course. I have had people ask me, what is the difference between multiple words that sound the same? Oh the joy of languages! Take for example, there, their, and they're. They all sound the same, but have three different meanings. So here it is in a nutshell:

there - in, at, or to that place or position (in which you are not present in at the moment)

My sister's house is locked. I left my suitcase over there. ("There" refers to the house that was previously mentioned)

their - possessive pronoun that indicates belonging to someone previously mentioned

The music band is sensational. Their songs always reach number one on the billboard charts. ("Their" refers to the music band previously mentioned)

they're - contraction meaning "they are"

My family likes my new boyfriend. They're always fawning over him. ("They're" refers to the family previously mentioned. You can replace they're with "they are" and the sentence is still understandable.)

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Feb 13, 2018 7:23 PM
Comments · 1

Here's another tricky one:  where, wear, and (on rare occasions) ware

where - inquiring about a place/location

Where is Bob?

wear - having an article or something on one's body or part of one's body

          - eroding away caused by friction

I think she will wear that black dress tonight.

The shoes will wear away your skin.

ware - manufactured articles of a specified type

I have fine crystal ware in my cabinet.

February 17, 2018
Katherine Velliquett
Language Skills
English, Sign Language, American Sign Language (ASL)
Learning Language
Sign Language