Writing Tip: There, They’re and Their
A common mistake many writers make is to confuse there, they’re and their. It is all too easy to do. Though they sound the same when spoken, the meaning of each of these words is very different. In this tip, I will remind you when to use each of these words in order to improve your writing.
“There once was a man from Kentucky …”
In this example, the writer has used ‘there’ to talk about a place, Kentucky.
“Look Fred, there is a puppy here!”
In this example, the writer has used ‘there’ with a ‘to be’ verb (be, is, am, are, was, were). It indicates the existence of the puppy.
Example: “They’re bad kids. Don’t play with them.”
In this example, the writer has used ‘they’re’ to discuss a subject, the kids. Remember that ‘they’re’ is actually two words: ‘they’ and ‘are’.
Example: “Anne and Sarah shared their chocolates with their friends.”
In this example, the writer has used ‘their’ to indicate possession. The chocolates belong to Anne and Sarah, and the friends are linked to them.
Written By: Laura Marie Clark
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Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view more of her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/
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