Common English Mistakes and Mix-ups: there, their, they’re


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Homophones make spelling much harder when you are transitioning between spoken and written English. Native speakers of English mix-up these three words quite frequently, so rest assured that this is challenging for everyone :). The key is to really pay attention to what you are writing in order to prevent this mistake.

There is used to specify place.

e.g.: I parked the car over there.

There is also used to talk about the existence of something.

e.g.: There is milk in the fridge.

Their is a possessive pronoun. 

e.g.: Their car is parked over there. 

They’re is a contraction of they are.

e.g.:  They’re not going to use our car. They’re going to use their car which is right over there!

Hints:

If you need to use the word there, remember that there is here with a ‘t’There is usually used to talk about a…

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