They’re, Their: A Brief Grammatical Lesson

As a person who likes to teach others as well as someone with grammatical pet peeves, I would like to take a brief detour from my usual blog to explain an easy way to remember the difference between the words there, their, and they’re.

THERE is the opposite of HERE, and it is HERE with a  T.  You can always replace it with HERE in a sentence.

THEY’RE is the contraction of THEY ARE and it looks the same except without the A.  You can always replace it with THEY ARE in a sentence.

THEIR is possessive.  It’s harder to remember, except to think this: if you can’t replace it with here or they are, then it should be THEIR. 

Here are all three used correctly in a sentence:

They’re over there chasing their dog.

Make sense?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. A.M. Kuska
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 20:54:00

    I sometimes find this slipping into my work, even when I’m trying rather hard not to. Thanks for the tip!

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