Writing Services Grammar: Is it there, their or they’re?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Writing Blogs | 0 comments

Lisa Thomas Writing Services Grammar Patrol strikes again!

They’re, there and their must be three of  the most misused words in the English language, becoming more noticeable thanks to the advent of social media.

Now that everyone is updating their status on Facebook and Tweeting their thoughts to their followers, it’s become plain that many people are confused by which form of word to use and in which situation. Although some argue that it doesn’t matter because it’s writing for a social media site and not a formal written text, but it does matter.  The less attention we pay to using the correct word, the more we will forget which word we should be using, we essentially dumb ourselves down, and whether you like it or not, people will judge you based on what you write and how you write it.

To help you use the correct word, here is a simple explanation of where an when each word is suitable:

Their, there and they’re:  Using the correct version of the words is actually pretty straightforward, here are some basic rules to follow:

Their – this is the possessive form of the word i.e. “The two boys took their books to school.”

There – this can be used to denote a place i.e. “ I’ve put the TV remote control over there” or to state something, such as “There is someone for everyone” or “There are always more questions than answers.”

They’re – this is the shortened version of “they are” i.e. “They’re not in at the moment, they’ve gone out.”

Put it together and you have: “They’re taking their drinks to sit at the table over there.”

 

If you’re ever confused about grammar rules why not contact Lisa Thomas Writing Services, I will write an article to answer your question and post it on Lisa Thomas Writing Services Grammar Nazi blog.

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