Their vs. There


Because they are homophones, the words there and their are often misused. A good way to remember the difference between the two is that The place "here" with a T is "there." While "there" refers to a place, "their" refers to belonging to them (e.g., "their birthday party" — a party for a birthday that belonged to them).

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Meaning Belonging to them (in or to) that place
Used as a contraction No No
Parts of Speech Possessive pronoun; sometimes used (mostly informally) as a replacement for singular possessive pronouns (his and her) when the gender of a person is unknown. Noun, adverb, pronoun, adjective, interjection
Examples (1) Their house was decorated for Halloween. (2) The dog was theirs. (1) There was nothing left to do but go home. (2) She loved visiting there. (3) There he is!

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"Their" is the possessive form of the plural pronoun they, used as an adjective preceding a noun (e.g., their company, their books on the shelves, their promotion to upper management).

Despite being plural, "their" has also come to be used as a replacement for the singular possessive pronouns his and her, as an indefinite singular antecedent (i.e., when the gender of a person is unknown or when referring to people in a mixed group or crowd).

This use of "their" is common in casual conversation and informal written English, but whether it is used in academic or professional writing often depends on style guide requirements, which typically prefer the more verbose "his or her" or alternating gendered pronouns.

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"There" has multiple functions and can be used as an adverb, noun, pronoun, adjective, or interjection.

As an adverb, "there" can refer to in or that place, a moment in time or a point in a process, or a particular or specific matter. It can also call attention to a particular spot.

As a noun, "there" refers to a state or condition.

As a pronoun, "there" replaces a noun where the verb comes before the subject or the subject is not mentioned. It can also supplant a place name or a specific time-based noun.

As an adjective, "there" provides emphasis.

As an interjection, "there" can express a variety of feelings and emotions, ranging from relief, satisfaction, and approval, to encouragement and consolation.

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