They’re/Their/There

Introduction

Their, they’re and there are easily confused in written English. Here we show you the difference between these three little words to help you avoid embarrassing mistakes in you written English.

Where are Saskia and Kevin? They’re late!

Perhaps their car has broken down.

Look! There they are and there are some people with them!

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They’re

They’re is the contracted for of they are. They is the personal pronoun for 3rd person singular.

Example:
Where are Saskia and Kevin? They’re late!

Their

Their is a possesive determiner. We use their with nouns to indicate possession in 3rd person plural.

Example:
Perhaps their car has broken down?

There

There is an adverb:

  • use it to indicate place
Example:
Look! There they are.
  • use it with verbs such as be, seem, apear to show that something exists
Example:
There are some other people with them.