COMMON GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES #2: THEY’RE / THEIR / THERE
- “They’re” is short for “they are”.
Incorrect: Their going to be home soon.
Correct: They’re going to be home soon.
- “Their” is the possessive form of “they” and indicates something belonging to someone.
Incorrect: Can we borrow they’re car?
Correct: Can we borrow their car?
Incorrect: We should contact there next-of-kin.
Correct: We should contact their next-of-kin.
- “There” refers to a particular place that is not where you are. We also use “there” to show something exists.
Incorrect: Jennifer’s horse is over their.
Correct: Jennifer’s horse is over there.
Incorrect: Their is a new shop next door.
Correct: There is a new shop next door.