It seems simple enough to use these three words, There,Their,They’re, correctly.
I see these three words misused all the time online, and I am sure you do too.
“I went over their” or “There coming to town”
like I said it is simple to use these words correctly.
There- Use there to refer to a physical or abstract place. Usually, if you can replace there with here in the same sentence, and it still makes sense, then you are using it correctly.
They’re- Use they’re as a contraction for they are. Usually, if you can replace they’re with they are in the same sentence, and it still makes sense, then you are using it correctly.
Their- Use their to show possession, commonly followed by a noun. Usually, if you can replace their with our in the same sentence, and it still makes sense, then you are using it correctly.
I do not know if these three words are commonly used incorrectly because of laziness or lack of proper teaching in our school systems, that seem to be more interested in how well our kids do on Necap and Newa for funding of the school.
It is my opinion that instead of putting so much pressure on our children to perform well on these standardized tests, we should just teach our kids how to use the English language correctly in the first place.
The rest will fall into place.
What are your thoughts?
Definitions courtesy of http://www.theretheyretheir.com/