Learners of English often confuse ‘there’ ‘their’ and ‘they’re’.
These words have the same sound but not the same meaning.
The explanation and examples below show the differences between them.


  • There is the opposite of ‘here’. It means in that place, not here.
    • Where is my pen? It’s there on the table.
    • I’m taking the train to London. I’ll call you when I get there.
    • You can park there beside my car.
  • There is, there are, are used to indicate that something exists.
    • There is a cat in the garden.
    • There are many cars on the road.


  • Their is a possessive adjective just like ‘my’ ‘your’ ‘his/her/its’ ‘our’.
    It is used before a noun and means that something belongs to ‘them’.
    • Their car is red. My car is blue.
    • They invited all their friends to their wedding.
    • My parents are very pleased with their new house.


  • They’re is a contraction of they are.
    ‘They’ is the subject of a sentence with the verb ‘to be’.
    They’re beautiful = They are beautiful.

    • Where are the children? They’re at school.
    • The children are attentive. They’re listening to the teacher.
    • People are voting today. They’re electing a new president.