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It is important to know the difference between their, they’re, and there. These three words are homophones, meaning they sound the same when they are spoken, but they have different spellings and very different meanings. Let’s look at what each word means separately and how it is used.
Their means belonging to someone, people, or something that has already been mentioned. It is important to note that their acts in place of something already mentioned before, because their refers back to what has been mentioned. It wouldn’t make sense to use their without knowing to whom or to what is being referred. Look at the example to see its use:
- Tom and Sara are training their dog to fetch and roll over.
In this sentence, you see that their refers to Tom and Sara. We now know that the dog belongs to them. Tom and Sara had to be mentioned first before we could use their. Without the names, we would not know to whom their is referring: we would not know to whom the dog belongs. Their can also also be used in a sentence separate from the person being referred to. Look at the following example:
- Jim and John love to play music. Their band plays at the local park next Saturday.
Although the word their is in the second sentence, we know that it refers to Jim and John in the first sentence. Since Jim and John have been mentioned, we know that the band, mentioned later, belongs to them.
The second homophone, they’re, is not similar to the previous. They’re is a contraction that stands for “they are.” This is used to tell us when people will be doing something or telling us what they are. It is good to mention the people before using “they are,” so the listener or reader knows to whom “they” is referring to. Check out the example below:
- Jennifer and Kathy love running. They’re going to the park tomorrow to run together.
In these two sentences, they’re is referring to Jennifer and Kathy. We know both of them are going to the park tomorrow. They’re simply replaces the names and tells us what people are going to do.
The final homophone, there, tells us where something is located or where someone is going. There usually describes in, at, to or where something is. Look at the example below for its usage:
- I like to go to the zoo, but my grandmother doesn’t like to go there.
In this sentence, there refers to the zoo. The word is telling me where my grandmother doesn’t like to go. It is describing the location to me by referring back to the zoo. Check out another example:
- I went to my grandmother’s house and stayed there the entire weekend.
In this sentence, there tells you where I stayed (at my grandmother’s house).
These three homophones (they’re, there, and their) may sound the same, but they have very different meanings and are used in very different ways. It is important to understand how to use them and what they mean to communicate effectively.
Their, They’re, and There Worksheets
This bundle contains 10 ready-to-use Their, They’re, and There worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of these three words which are homophones, meaning they sound the same when they are spoken, but they have different spellings and very different meanings
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