Learning English Grammar #2 – “There”, “Their”, “They’re”

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This blog post is part of a series of posts that aim to correct common English grammar mistakes.

Learning English grammar the easy way – “There”, “Their”, “They’re”

It is homophones that tend to confuse English language students, they’re pretty tricky to master. So it pays to be a bit more clued up on all the ones out there, it’s probably because their sounds are so similar. You can see where I’m going with this: “There”, “Their” and “They’re”. Here is how to use them correctly:

“There” refers to a place. For example:

  • “I like to sit there” = correct.
  • “I like to sit they’re” = incorrect.

“Their” is about possession. For example:

  • “Whose cat is it? It is their cat” = correct.
  • “Whose cat is it? It is there cat” = incorrect.

“They’re” is a shorter version of “They are”. For example:

  • “They’re going to learn English grammar there” = correct.
  • “Their going to learn English grammar their” = incorrect.

Connor FitzPatrick is the newest addition to the English Language Centre Brighton and has worked within English language schools since graduating from university. One of his many jobs is ensuring all grammar and language is correct and accurate across ELC’s websites and all its social streams.