It's Thursday again, and time for a little grammar lesson!
Several people have asked me to address the proper use of there, their, and they're. These are wonderful words--we use them all the time! And like so many other words, they are no problem for speakers, for they all sound pretty much the same when spoken. But how do you know which one to use in writing? Here's how:
Their is the possessive form of the pronouns they/them. That's it. The only time you should use this word is when to you want to say that something belongs to them.
- Their new house is beautiful.
- Have they shown you their Labrador puppy?
- Their car is parked right outside the door.
They're is a contraction of the two words they and are. You should use this word if you could replace it with the words they are.
- They're leaving for the beach today.
- I'm so glad they're going to join us!
There is a very useful little word which indicates place.
- Park your car right over there.
- We'll pass right by there on our way.
- Would you mind to sit over (their/they're/there)?
- (Their/they're/there) kids are so well-behaved.
- (Their/they're/there) going to be surprised to see me.
- (Their/they're/there) is nothing I'd rather be doing.
If you answered there for #1, their for #2, they're for #3, and there for #4, you've got it!
Please leave me a comment with any questions you'd like me to answer or points of grammar you'd like for me to explain. . . or even pet peeves you'd like for me to expose! I want these little lessons to address issues that would be helpful to you. If you have a particular question you'd like for me to answer, feel free to email me (richellap (at) gmail (dot) com). I'd be happy to help if I can!