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There, Their and They’re

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It is common for learners of English to confuse 'there', 'their' and 'they're' especially since they all have the same sound when being pronounced. Here is an explanation of each one:


'There' has the opposite meaning of 'here'. It is used to mean 'not a place close to' the speaker.
Have you seen mu glasses?
Yes, over 'there', on the table.

I'm driving to work. I'll call you when I get 'there'.

Put your coat 'there' on the hanger.

'There is', 'there are' are used to talk about something that is occurring or that exists somewhere else.
There is a traffic jam on the motorway.
There is a dog on your lawn.


'Their' is a possessive adjective just like 'my', 'your' or 'his/her/its'. It is used before a noun and means that something belongs to the people mentioned before.
John and Sarah have just moved to a house by the sea. That's their house, next to the sushi restaurant.
Peter and David are very pleased with their exam results.


'They're' is a contraction of 'they are'. 'They' is the subject of the verb 'to be'; They are = They're
Did you like the roses?
They're beautiful.

Peter and Tess are on their way here. They're coming by car.

Complete the following with either 'there', 'their' or 'they're':

  • 1. I’ll put my phone over _ on the desk.

  • 2. Is _ a supermarket close to your house?

  • 3. My brother and his wife are getting married. _ going to Thailand for the honeymoon.

  • 4. Tell the children to hurry. _ bus will be leaving soon.

  • 5. Where are the car keys? Over _ on the coffee table.

  • 6. Why are John and David not speaking to each other? _ arguing again, aren’t they?

  • 7. The passengers were asked to switch off _ phones.

  • 8. We can walk to the shops. _ not far.

  • 9. I’m buying these shoes even though _ expensive.

  • 10. Why are you sitting _ ? Come over here near the window.