41 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2012 4:45 AM by matuzz RSS

Quick Grammar Lesson... Off Topic

I am getting tired of seeing all of you using the words, Their, They're, and There the wrong way.

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

    * There is an antique store on Camden Avenue.
    * The science textbooks are over there on the floor.
    * There are many documents that are used in investigations.

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.

    * There is a picnic area over here, and a campground across the river.
    * "I see there are new flowers coming up in your garden." "Yes, they are the ones my grandmother gave me last year."

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

    * My friends have lost their tickets.
    * Their things were strewn about the office haphazardly.

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).

    * Hurry up! They're closing the mall at 6 tonight!
    * I'm glad that they're so nice to new students here.


I could have done them myself, but I was too lazy.

So PLEASE use them correctly.