Beth Hautala

Children's Author

 

Grammar Tip

Throughout my elementary and high school years, the value of good grammar was repetatively drilled into my brain. I can't spell to save my life, but generally speaking, I can weave my way around the labyrinth of English grammar.

That said, a tip for the day: Their vs There vs They're.

The three versions of this word dive me to a special level of insanity. So here is the quick and dirty rundown on proper usage.

Use their to show possession, commonly followed by a noun. Usually, if you can replace their with our in the same sentence, and it still makes sense, then you are using it correctly.
Example: "Their new house is enormous!"

Use there to refer to a physical or abstract place. Usually, if you can replace there with here in the same sentence, and it still makes sense, then you are using it correctly. 
Example: "Let's go there today."

Use they're as a contraction for they are. Usually, if you can replace they're with they are in the same sentence, and it still makes sense, then you are using it correctly.
Example: "They're the nicest couple!"

And there you have it!

You tell me: Do you have any favorite grammar tips to share or any grammar points you would love to have clarified?