By Mary Morel
I think people who confuse there, they’re and their understand the different meanings of these words, but get confused because they look and sound alike. Words that look and sound the same are known as homophones.
there = in that place
they’re = short for ‘they are’
their = belonging to them
They live there.
They’re visiting me.
They have their own place.
I like visiting there, but when they’re visiting me, I wish they would go home to their place.
If you have trouble confusing these words, I suggest you work out a memory jogger to distinguish them.
For example, r for there and i for own (their).
Or watch this YouTube video.
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