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How to Use There, Their and They're
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Posted on 09/22/2011 6:46:15 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

The English language is full of problems like the one presented by there, their and they're. Most native English speakers pronounce these the same way; therefore, it is difficult for some to judge in which situation to use which spelling. Each spelling means a very different thing; if you'd like to learn the difference, read on!

Use there when referring to a place, whether concrete ("over there by the building") or more abstract ("it must be difficult to live there").

Also use there with the verb BE (is, am, are, was, were) to indicate the existence of something, or to mention something for the first time.

Use their to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.

Remember that they're is a contraction of the words they and are. It can never be used as a modifier, only as a subject (who or what does the action) and verb (the action itself).

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Seems every thread I read has multiple incorrect usage. It drives me absolutely crazy! We are all adults and we should know this!
1 posted on 09/22/2011 6:46:19 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Then VS than seems to give folks trouble as well.
Woman VS women trips up the tards too.


2 posted on 09/22/2011 6:49:05 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: ilovesarah2012
What drives me nuts is people using "loose" when they mean "lose."

BTW, got your asbestos undies on? LOL

3 posted on 09/22/2011 6:49:07 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yeahbutt, what if they’re putting theirs over there? Huh?


4 posted on 09/22/2011 6:50:43 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: ilovesarah2012; All

If it drives you nuts here, try taking a look at Facebook. That will be a real intro to the (ever growing) illiterate class.


5 posted on 09/22/2011 6:53:00 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: ilovesarah2012
We are all adults and we should know this!

Where's your comma?

6 posted on 09/22/2011 6:53:00 AM PDT by rustbucket
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To: ilovesarah2012; xsmommy; SoothingDave; NeoCaveman

This is HUGH! Finally a series thread for the grammar and spelling nazis. Can we also talk about proper capitalization and punctuation?


7 posted on 09/22/2011 6:53:36 AM PDT by VRWCmember (If it wern't for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

To hard too learn.


8 posted on 09/22/2011 6:55:58 AM PDT by Vide
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To: ilovesarah2012
The longer I'm on the internet, the more prone I am to such misspellings.

Two that drive me crazy:

"Are" for "our"

"Noone" for "no one"

9 posted on 09/22/2011 6:56:26 AM PDT by Route797
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To: rustbucket

No comma required.

Don’t put a comma between the two verbs or verb phrases in a compound predicate.

Incorrect:We laid out our music and snacks, and began to study.

Incorrect:I turned the corner, and ran smack into a patrol car.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/02/


10 posted on 09/22/2011 6:57:32 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Golly gee! They all sound the same. Life is sooooo hard!


11 posted on 09/22/2011 6:57:57 AM PDT by Postman (Cut, Cap and BBA)
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To: ilovesarah2012

They’re is easy but I’ve given up on “Its”.


12 posted on 09/22/2011 6:58:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: truthkeeper

LOL - yes. I’m ready!


13 posted on 09/22/2011 6:58:23 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

It's their fault!

14 posted on 09/22/2011 6:58:37 AM PDT by xp38
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To: truthkeeper

And what about “your” and “you’re”?


15 posted on 09/22/2011 6:58:59 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Thanks. I wouldn’t of known this.


16 posted on 09/22/2011 6:59:43 AM PDT by Walmartian
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To: ilovesarah2012

Remember-Thyme weights four know won


17 posted on 09/22/2011 6:59:43 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: ilovesarah2012

Ugh...equally bad.


18 posted on 09/22/2011 6:59:48 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: davisfh

I see college-educated people on FB (my niece for one) who can’t get “to” and “too” right.


19 posted on 09/22/2011 7:00:14 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
Let's not forget:
1. your and you're
2. "other then" should be "other than"
3. "should of" is really a contraction for "should have" and should be written as " should've"
20 posted on 09/22/2011 7:00:17 AM PDT by CAluvdubya
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yep, your right. ;-)


21 posted on 09/22/2011 7:01:43 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: VRWCmember

no, i eschew them.


22 posted on 09/22/2011 7:01:47 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: ilovesarah2012
The use of words can be confusing. Words mean things, as Rush puts it, and they're things which drive me wild (words). Theirs no excuse. There (think this one is right). Spell-check says okay.
23 posted on 09/22/2011 7:02:03 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Careful, your diphthong is showing. (Note the correct use of “your”)


24 posted on 09/22/2011 7:03:03 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: cripplecreek

And forget pronouns. Even newscasters often get “I” and “me” wrong. I remember years ago when I worked at a large law firm and one of the attorneys was leading a meeting. She said “If there are any questions, just call Jeff or I”. I wanted to smack her.


25 posted on 09/22/2011 7:03:03 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

26 posted on 09/22/2011 7:03:43 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Walmartian

Yes - another one! Of and have.


27 posted on 09/22/2011 7:04:11 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: truthkeeper

I GIVE UP!!! LOL


28 posted on 09/22/2011 7:05:14 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
No comma required.

There are two subjects in that sentence. A comma is required when there are two subjects.

"We are all adults and should know this!" needs no comma.

"We are all adults, and we should know this!" requires a comma.

29 posted on 09/22/2011 7:07:33 AM PDT by rustbucket
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To: ilovesarah2012

Try living in southern Utah. You’ll go crazy with the “I seen” and “I done” crowd.


30 posted on 09/22/2011 7:08:16 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where INVITED Freepers will meet again next summer. Jim Robinson Too)
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To: Utah Binger

I live in SC. I am almost convinced that “I seen” is correct since everyone uses it!


31 posted on 09/22/2011 7:09:25 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
just call Jeff or I”. I wanted to smack her.

Guess she didn't have Miss Goldberg to instruct her to remove "Jeff" from the sentence to determine the proper usage.

Sometimes the old methods are best. My daughter (now 26) STILL remembers "when two vowels go walking, the first does the talking..."

32 posted on 09/22/2011 7:11:20 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I view a college basketball forum and most of the posters are college students! I am amazed how illiterate they are & these 3 words are some of the biggest mistakes they make!

Yep, let's pay our teachers more money, they truly are getting thru to the kids! (/sarc)

33 posted on 09/22/2011 7:12:29 AM PDT by blondee123 (Obama-The Wanna-be Dictator!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Choose v chose...
Loose v lose...


34 posted on 09/22/2011 7:13:55 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I just remembered another icky one. “He doesn’t have no sense.” Hate it!


35 posted on 09/22/2011 7:13:58 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: Walmartian
Thanks. I wouldn’t of known this.

You wouldn't have known that.

36 posted on 09/22/2011 7:16:15 AM PDT by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: ilovesarah2012

But can you pronounce nuclear? Poor George Bush. One would have thought that Laura the librarian would fixed that.


37 posted on 09/22/2011 7:16:48 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where INVITED Freepers will meet again next summer. Jim Robinson Too)
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To: truthkeeper

My mother taught me correct grammar from the time I could talk. I knew the parts of speech when I was four. She drilled grammar into us as well as spelling. She taught me more than any of my teachers. I have done the same with my kids. My son (who is not well-educated) knows his grammar and sometimes corrects his friends around me. LOL

I don’t understand how kids can graduate from college but not be able to write a paragraph with correct spelling and grammar. I am certainly not perfect, but as least I can get the basics right!


38 posted on 09/22/2011 7:19:06 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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I live in SC. I am almost convinced that “I seen” is correct since everyone uses it!

So, they finally learned ya how to say it?
39 posted on 09/22/2011 7:19:49 AM PDT by jimmango
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To: Lando Lincoln

Choose v chose...
Loose v lose...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A lot of people play fast and loose when spelling loser. That’s why they spell it ‘looser’.

I guess it takes one to spell it that way.


40 posted on 09/22/2011 7:20:22 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Lando Lincoln

And maybe tomorrow we will work on apostrophes. That could take awhile.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 7:21:13 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012; alley cat

Your right! LOL


42 posted on 09/22/2011 7:22:28 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ilovesarah2012
How to Use There, Their and They're

Someone who has to be instructed on how to use these three homophones is already functionally illiterate. The confusion over these three is only the tip of the iceberg.
43 posted on 09/22/2011 7:22:35 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: ilovesarah2012
but as least I can get the basics right!

Always tread lightly when lecturing on others' grammar. An error is inevitable.

44 posted on 09/22/2011 7:24:44 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
but as least I can get the basics right!

Always tread lightly when lecturing on others' grammar. An error is inevitable.

45 posted on 09/22/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: cripplecreek

Its/it’s is easy.

“It’s” is a contraction for “it is.” So, if “it is” would make sense, use “it’s.” Example: It’s a nice day. (The sentence, “It is a nice day,” makes sense.)

“Its” is possessive.
Example: The company laid off half of its employees. (You need to use a possessive since the sentence refers to the company’s employees. It would be incorrect to use “it’s” here because, “The company laid off half of it is employees,” doesn’t make sense.)

Now if I can just overcome my lifelong addiction to, using, way, too, many, commas, people, would, surely, appreciate, it.


46 posted on 09/22/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT by FiscalSanity
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To: ilovesarah2012

Another one that makes me crazy is, “then” and “than”


47 posted on 09/22/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx
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To: ilovesarah2012

Why the grammar lesson? Not everyone wants to sound intelligent, after all. /s

I tend to skip over the comments of the uneducated, unintelligent, and lazy. But if a writer has taken the time to write well, I figure he’s probably got something to say that’s worth hearing.


48 posted on 09/22/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Oh, and another one is “are” and “our”


49 posted on 09/22/2011 7:25:39 AM PDT by YellowRoseofTx
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To: ilovesarah2012

There, their, they’re now ... you, your, you’re getting too upset over this ...


50 posted on 09/22/2011 7:26:33 AM PDT by SkyDancer (A critic is like a legless man who teaches running.)
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