Their vs. they’re vs. there

By Kasey Brown / Reporter

Often people misuse the three words they’re, there, and their.

This is because they are homophones, words that sound the same, have different meanings and have different spellings. If you don’t know how to use them correctly, here’s a guide to using them.

Their is possessive and it’s used to give ownership of something. The word is normally plural. It can be used in place of the words his and her, after an indefinite singular antecedent such as the word, someone.
Ex. Someone lost their pencil.

They’re is a contraction of the words they and are. You use the word when you want describe what a group of people is doing.
Ex. They’re going to the movies.

There can be an pronoun or adverb, depending on the context of the sentence. If it’s used as a pronoun, it’s at the beginning of the sentence to present a clause.

Ex. There are still cookies in the jar.

If it’s used as an adverb, it means at that place.

Ex. The boy is still over there.

Hopefully, this cleared up any confusion. If you want to ask anymore questions contact me at

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