July 26, 2011

There, Their And They're: Proper Usage

It’s not that hard and yet even on major news websites and newspapers I see this written wrong. Are teachers not going over this in class? You would think if a person went to college to be an editor, writer or teacher they would know proper word usage.

Possibly too many are in a hurry, they are used to writing text speak where it’s not important, so they learn bad habits.

Even people who are supposedly going to college will write a comment on Facebook using the wrong word. Hopefully they don’t turn in their homework with these errors.


People seem to think this is a universal word to be used in any situation but it only works for “place.” If you are not talking about a point of time or position on a map this is the wrong word to use.

“Are we there yet?”

“Can you take it from there?”


This one means possessive even though it is horribly overlooked and underused. Too many people use his brother up above. Don’t neglect the poor guy; he has a place in sentences. Their means more than one person owns something. If you are talking about one person you should say “his” or “her.”

“Their car is blue.”

“We took their advice.”


They’re is actually two words put together, which we call a contraction. Only in situations where the words “they are,” can be substituted is it appropriate. Again, lazy people will use the word “there” instead of this one.

“They’re going with us.”

“They’re up early today.”

They’re using the wrong word there and should work on their English so they get it right.

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