They're, there and their: clearing up the confusion
There, their and they’re are often confused in written English.
- They’re is a contractions of they are
- There is a adverb of place or a pronoun
- Their is a possessive pronoun
They’re (= they are)
- They’re friends of my parents
- That group is Chinese, they’re from Beijing
- They’re both coming to dinner.
Their (possessive pronoun)
- Their children go to school with mine.
- Can you find their hotel reservation?
- Their car is at the garage so they are taking the train.
There (adverb of place)
- Put it there where I can see it.
- I saw a lot of people there yesterday.
- He has worked there for two years.
- There are a lot of people in India.
- Is there some more coffee?
- There has been a lot of rain this week.