Weekly Grammar Tip: their/they’re/there

What is the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’re’ and ‘there’?

THEIR implies ownership, for example: ‘Their house is nicer than mine’ and ‘You can tell their children are brats’.

THEY’RE is the contraction of ‘they are’ which is a state of being, for example: ‘They’re in a lot of trouble with the teacher’ and ‘I can’t believe they’re going to beat us’.

THERE is a place or position, for example: ‘The best chocolate is from there’ and ‘There are a lot of people in my kitchen’.

Fergal decided to visit the chocolate factory THERE and discovered THEY’RE using real cream as an ingredient, which is what made THEIR chocolate much better.

 

So … who’s for chocolate?

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