Their v. They’re v. There

Many people have trouble with this one, but once you understand it, it’s quite easy to get it right.

Their is a possessive pronoun, like its, his, hers, and so on. Their indicates ownership by multiple subjects (a group of owners of the modified object). (Note that in this case of e and i together in a word, the e comes before the i.)

They’re is a contraction of the words they and are and means they are

There indicates location.

Example:

  • The children are going to the park this afternoon; they’re going to invite their grandmother to meet them there. (The children are going to the park this afternoon; they are going to invite their grandmother to meet them at that location [the park].)
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