We at First Academy have the fortune of learning on the job. As teachers of English, we are naturally among the first to encounter the most common mistakes people make and encounter them on a regular basis. The one mistake that usually takes the cake is the difficulty most people face in understanding the difference between there, they’re (they are) and their.
Here is a short primer on what these words mean and how to use them correctly. Be it IELTS or PTE or CELPIP or any other English test where you are tested on writing skills, this distinction becomes important.
We use there to talk about things existing or happening:
We also use it to talk about places, especially to say where something is.
In technical terms, Their is a possessive adjective. It talks about something that belongs to a group things or people.
there names? | What are their names?
They’re is a short form of they are:
I like the glasses because
there colourful. | I like the glasses because they’re (they are) colourful.
There are some other similar words that cause confusion. Who’s and Whose and You’re and Your.
We will look at them in another blog post!