There, their and they’re – What’s the difference?

Words that sound the same but have different meanings are known as homophones. These words are often a point of confusion not only amongst English learners but sometimes amongst native English speakers aswell! 

Here we look at another 3 commonly confused words: There, their and they‘re.

They‘re is the most commonly mistaken of these three words. The apostrophe indicates that a letter is missing, in this case a:

They‘re = They are
e.g. They are going to the club,
They‘re going to the club.
They are not here today,
They‘re not here today.

Their is a possessive word that shows ownership of something. In other words, it refers to the ones who own the object.
e.g. Their house isn’t as big as ours,
The books are theirs.

There is a word with many uses, indicating a place or position.
e.g. My new car is over there,
There is a cat on its roof,
I went there last week.

Type the missing words from the following sentences in the comments section below: 

1- _________ going to the park after dinner.

2- The children washed _________ hands when they came in.

3- If only _________ was more that I could do.

4- _________ was a lion in _________ garden.

5- _________ putting all _________ toys in the toybox.

6- _________ it is! It’s over _________!


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