usage note for they're
Words nearby they're
THEY'RE VS. THEIR VS. THERE
What’s the difference between they’re, their, and there?
They’re is a contraction of they are. Their is the possessive form of the personal pronoun they, essentially meaning belonging to or possessed by them, as in Is that their car, or ours? There is commonly used to introduce sentences or to indicate where something is, as in It’s over there, next to the window.
There are many instances in which they’re confused because their pronunciations are exactly the same. (See what we did there?)
There are easy ways to remember which spelling is right, and they’re actually built into each word.
The apostrophe in they’re indicates that it’s a combination of two words and signals that it’s the one you want to use when you mean they are.
You can remember that their is the one that’s used to show possession (like his and her) by remembering that it includes the word heir (a person who inherits possessions).
When it’s used to indicate location, there functions a lot like here (even though it can mean the opposite), and the word here is right inside of it.
Here’s an example of they’re, their, and there used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: It’s hard to work as a team in that environment—when they’re in there, they’re their own worst enemies.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between they’re, their, and there.
Quiz yourself on they’re vs. their vs. there!
In what order should there, their, and they’re be used in the following sentence?
_____ shoes are over _____, right next to where _____ sitting.
A. their, there, they’re
B. there, they’re, their
C. they’re, their, there
D. their, they’re, there
How to use they're in a sentence
The odds of getting re-arrested are a lot slimmer if a person has a job.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many hold classes in their living rooms, asking students to help re-arrange and then later put back furniture.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He won re-election twice as governor of New York, and had the hubris to run for a fourth term before being defeated in 1994.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They would have to get court approval to re-home their children.
Now Wisconsin is considering making it mandatory for parents who adopt overseas to have their children “re-adopted” in the state.
Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
But first he held a whispered colloquy with the Princess, whom he entreated, or persuaded, to re-enter her gorgeous vehicle.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
They are still comparatively supple, and any misplaced pinnæ may be re-arranged without any difficulty.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
A ray of Consciousness is passed over that impression and you re-read it, you re-awaken the record.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
In the next two days he re-wrote the twenty thousand, and on the fifth day he tore it into shreds and threw it to the winds.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux