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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Stuart's Daily Word Spot: There, they’re or their?

There, they’re or their?

More homonyms that constantly cause confusion. Hopefully these suggestions will help keep you on the right track with them.

'There' is about the location of something, as in 'It's over there.'  One way to remember this is as follows:
't(Here) for coffee, there for t(ea).'

'They're' is a contraction of 'they are'. 
'Beware if they're too pleasant; they're probably after your money.'
If you can use the full phrase, 'they are' in the sentence, then 'they're ' is the suitable word.

'Their' is the plural pronoun that equates with 'mine' – both have an 'i', which will hopefully act as a reminder.
'Their dresses are too short, but mine is just the right length.'

Pic: Looking toward Huggate, East Yorkshire.

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