How Should I Use There, Their, and They’re?
- There means the opposite of here; “at that place.”
- Their means “belongs to them.”
- They’re is a contraction of “they are” or “they were.”
There, their, and they’re are the big trio of commonly confused words. All three of them are pronounced the same, and the spelling differences don’t seem to do a good job of stopping people from mixing them up.
What Does There Mean?
There can be used in a couple of ways. As an adverb, there is the exact opposite of the word here and means “at that place”:
There is also often used as a pronoun. In that case, it’s role is usually to introduce a word or a clause:
What Does Their Mean?
Their is the third-person plural possessive pronoun:
What Does They’re Mean?
They’re is what you get when you contract “they are” or “they were.” It’s the same kind of thing that happens when you contract “we are” into “we’re,” or “you are” into “you’re”: