When we speak in English, we have to pay attention to its peculiar rules, different meanings of words and grammar. The use of some words may be wrongly placed because of lack of attention, time or even knowledge.
The best way to avoid these kind of mistakes is to study every day. Reading an article, the news, books and writing every day, will help the ones who really wants to learn the tricks and curiosities of English.
There, their and they’re
Let us begin by talking about the differences between “there, their and they’re”. Used every day by everyone, if you do not pay attention, they are going to make you write wrong.
They may seem similar but, each of these words, have their own meaning and way to be applied. The confusion begins with the fact that, these words are homophones. That means they have different meaning but, at the same time, they have the same pronunciation. This alone can mean trouble for the most skilled of the English students.
Their is the possessive pronoun of them, as in:
“They have forgotten to finish their profiles.”
“They have lost their English book.”
“They may seem no trouble, but their IQ is higher than yours…”
Their is used to indicates plural, but, nowadays, it can be used with someone, to replace his or hers: “Someone forget their bag here”.
There is an adverb meaning “in or at place”, as in:
“My notebook is there, at my mom’s.”
“The old book is right there, on the table.”
“They are having a meeting right there.”
There, is also used as a pronoun, as in “There is still time.”
They’re is the contracted form of they and are, as if:
“They’re trying to rebuild their house.”
“They’re replacing the old antenna with a new one.”
“They’re very excited about their new car.”
Jair dos Santos Trindade – Instrutor de Inglês da unidade Capão Redondo