There or their? Many learners of English confuse “there” with “their” and do not know which is which especially when they are doing writing tasks or exams.
So, what’s the difference between there and their?
There or their / Their vs there
In this post, you’ll learn when to use there or their, use of there and their, and the different meanings of there and their.
Their vs there meaning
1. There (adverb): (to, at, in) that place
There in a sentence:
- I have never been to Dubai. I will go there next holiday.
- Put the toys there.
- They are over there playing football.
- I hope we can get there on time.
2. There (adverb): used to show that something exists or happens
There in a sentence:
- There are 5 Chinese students in my class.
- There is a little milk in the fridge.
- There is an accident in the main street.
- Call me if there is a problem with that machine.
1. Their (the possessive form of they)= of or belonging to them.
Their is not a pronoun. Their is a possessive adjective.
Their in a sentence
- Amal and Sarah are international students. Their home country is Qatar.
- They are Tom and claire. Their eyes are blue.
- The children carried their bags to school.
- Parents love their children.
2. “Their” is used to refer to one person to avoid saying “his or her”
Their in a sentence: (their or their)
- One of the students has left their book in classroom A2.
- If anyone calls, ask for their number so I can call them back.
How to Pronounce Their
Their is pronounced the same as there. Here is its transcription: / ðeə(r) /
There mom or their mom
Their mom is correct. Here is an example:
The kids are looking forward to seeing their mom.
Their dad or there dad
We say their dad not there dad. Here is an example:
My kids usually ask their dad to help them with their homework.
There Their They’re Examples
- When you arrive at the station, please wait for me there.
- My kids love their toys.
- Tom and Jack are my colleagues. They’re (= they are) from Texas.
There their they’re Worksheet
I hope the examples above will help you use there or their accurately.
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