They, Their or They’re?

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The English Language can be confusing to a lot of new learners. The greatest struggle is with words that have similar spellings, but have completely different meaning or grammatical use. This becomes very important in English writing, as a different spelling may change the entire meaning.  

Let’s understand the difference between 3 such words that we often get confused with – There, Their and They’re.



“There” is the opposite of “Here”. It means “in that place”, not here.  For example:

  • I will buy new clothes when I reach there.
  • Where is your car? – It’s over there.

The word “There” is also used with the Simple form of the to-be verb, to show that something exists. Let’s look at some examples:

  • There is a huge crowd.  
  • There are a lot of holidays this year.
  • There was a shop here.
  • There were many bottles in the fridge.




“Their” is a possessive adjective. It is used before a noun, to show that something belongs to someone. Let’s look at some examples:

  • Their house is very big.
  • Their car is new.
  • This is their bag.



“They’re” is a contraction. The full form is “They are”. For example:

  • They’re a very rich.
  • They’re going to a party this weekend.


How can we avoid this?

Most of the writing these days, happen on the computer. Tools like spell-check have made our lives easier. However, words like “There, Their or They’re” will not be highlighted as spelling errors. This is because spell-check only checks the spellings, and not the grammar or the meaning of the words.  Hence, it is very important to review our work before submission. This is the only way to avoid these errors.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start using these words!


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