COMMON GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES #2: THEY’RE / THEIR / THERE

 

  • “They’re” is short for “they are”.

Incorrect: Their going to be home soon.

Correct:  They’re going to be home soon.

 

  • “Their” is the possessive form of “they” and indicates something belonging to someone.

Incorrect: Can we borrow they’re car?

Correct: Can we borrow their car?

Incorrect: We should contact there next-of-kin.

Correct: We should contact their next-of-kin.

 

  • “Thererefers to a particular place that is not where you are. We also use “there” to show something exists.

Incorrect: Jennifer’s horse is over their.

Correct: Jennifer’s horse is over there.

Incorrect: Their is a new shop next door.

Correct: There is a new shop next door.