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Confusing word choices

Their v there v they’re

Word choice and avoiding confusion – here's my quick tip on how to differentiate between their, there and they're.

They all sound the same. And they look similar. But these words aren’t even related. Here’s an explanation.

Their

Possessive of they – belonging to them.

  • The staff at the regional office had their own set of procedures.

There

That place – not here.

  • A man was hiding over there when the office was broken into.

It can be also used to introduce a sentence – although this isn’t recommended.

  • There was a man hiding in the office when it was broken into.

They’re

A contraction (shortened form) of they are.

  • They’re going to move into their new office next week.

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