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07/02/2015
Children learn to speak by mimicking their surroundings and making associations between objects and those sounds. Eventually, they learn to read by associating sounds with letters and letters with words. And finally, they’ll begin to write by taking the words they want to say and putting them to paper. This is a little harder than it seems because in English we have a lot of homophones: words that sound the same but have different spelling and meaning. For a little basic grammar and writing help, The Tutoring Center in San Ramon wants to review three of the most commonly misused homophones: their, there, and they’re.

Their

‘Their’ is used to show possession. It is just like my, your, his, her, its and our. These are called possessive adjectives. Here is a little trick: use the word ‘our’ instead of ‘their’. If the sentence still makes sense, then ‘their’ is almost certainly correct. This trick works because ‘our’ and ‘their’ are both possessive adjectives used for plurals.

Examples:
- Can you show the guests to their cabins? 
"Can you show the guests to our cabins" also sounds ok hence ‘their’ is correct.

There

The word ‘there’ is similar to the word ‘here’ in that it represents a place. It has two main uses: (1) it is a specified place (like in the first example below), and (2) it is an unspecified place (like in the second example). Also, like in the second and third examples, the word there can be used to show that something exists.

Examples:
- The rest of your friends are over there. 
(specified place)
- There are two pieces of chocolate.
(unspecified place and existence)
- There are four sodas left in the cooler.
(specified place and existence)

They’re

‘They're’ is a shortened version of ‘they are’. The apostrophe replaces the letter ‘a’. Only use ‘they're’ if you can substitute it with ‘they are’. 

Examples:
- They're not leaving on Saturday at all.
 "They are not leaving..." also sounds ok.

It seems simple, but misuse of these three words is incredibly too common. In order to write the best you possibly can, it takes a lot of practice and studying. If you would like more information about one-to-one instruction in San Ramon, or academic programs in any subject this summer, contact our experts today at 925-362-3320.

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