The words there, their and they’re  are the source of endless confusion. They sound identical but have very different meanings. It can be quite easy to type the wrong one and overlook it when editing your work, or for automatic spell checkers to suggest the incorrect term. Always double-check to ensure that you have made the right choice.


Their is a possessive term – it is the plural of his, hers or its.

Here are some examples:

Their house is in the next suburb.

The ducks are preening their feathers.

Ben and Jane adore their new baby.

Their lives are a constant struggle for survival.


There is a frequently used word, usually to indicate something.

Here are some examples:

There will be an election next month.

She lives over there.

There must be more than one way to drive to town.


This is a shortened form of they are. The apostrophe replaces the letter a. That is a plural term, indicating more than one item.

Here are some examples:

They’re about to become engaged.

If they don’t hurry, they’re going to be late for the meeting.

Always take extra care when using any of these terms.

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