THERE, THEIR, THEY’RE – What’s the difference???

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim


As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dear Sisters,

This is pretty funny, even though I wouldn’t say I’m a grammar “Nazi.” I don’t want to show empathy towards the Jews, but you get the idea…

Basically, “there” signifies a location. Whenever you want to indicate where something is, was or will be, always use “there.” For example, you would write, “The book is there.”

 However, there are other instances when it would also be grammatically correct to use “there.” For instance:

There are billions of our people who need to hear the TRUTH.”

– “There is nothing I wouldn’t do to help save my people.”


Their” is a possessive pronoun. It is used to show possession instead of using the noun.

If a book belongs to the children, you would write, “That is their book.”

Generally, possession indicates ownership of a particular object. In the previous example, I used a book. It would also be used for other material possessions, such as a car, house, bike, etc.  However, the possessive pronoun “their” should also be used when referring to intangible possessions, such as ideas, emotions or characteristics. For example:

– “We enjoyed their interpretation of John Coltrane’s Love Supreme.”

– “Their outlook on life is refreshingly positive.”

It doesn’t necessarily have to refer to a physical object.


Now, “They’re” is a contraction. (Notice the apostrophe.) Contractions are two words that are combined to make one word.

“They’re” is a contraction of “they” and “are”. Instead of writing “They are…” you can just write, “They’re…”. You would write “they’re” whenever you would otherwise write they are.”

Here are some examples of when to use “They’re”:

– “They‘re going to have to plant more fig trees.”

– “The bus will take them wherever they’re going.”

– They‘re going to have to light the charcoal before burning the frankincense.”

Here are some more example sentences. Notice the differences.

– “They’re” anticipating a beautiful addition to their family.”  

– “Wherever they’re going to build the train, there is going to be an influx of new customers for their businesses.” 

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