Basic Writing Skills

 

 

There / Their / They're

there

  1. Most of the time, there means “at that place” (the opposite of "here").
    • I went there to meet my brother.
    • I found my wallet over there.
  2. When placed at the beginning of a sentence, there often has little meaning other than "something exists."
    • There are ghosts in that haunted house.
    • There is an old house on the corner.

 

their 

belongs to them

  • All of those kids with their contagious laughter really made my day.
  • They didn’t want to see all of their hard work go to waste.

 

they’re

"they are" or "they were".

  • They’re going to a party tomorrow.
  • You should meet my work friends; they’re a real hoot.

Instructions for the Quiz

Fill in the blank with there, their, or they're.

Here is a sample question:

1.

I love going to __________ house; it's so comfortable.
 

there

their

they're

 

 

 

 

The answer is B, because the house belongs to them.

Quiz