Commonly Confused Pronounsrename
Updated 2010-09-14 15:44
SectionThe source of confusion between words like They're and Their is that, when it comes to pronouns, apostrophes (') actually don't indicate possessives. Apostrophes in pronouns indicate that some letters have been removed to create a new, shorter word out of one or more words. This new word is known as a contraction. They're is a contraction of "they are". It's is a contraction of "it is".
Their, Your, and Its are possessives. Pronoun possessives, unlike other possessives, have no apostrophes.
There is totally unrelated to They're and Their. As a pronoun, There refers to a location, not a multitude of people, places, or things. Sometimes There an adverb. For example: "There are a few rules you have to remember." In this case, the adverb There is modifying the verb "are".
|Contraction means...||two words smooshed together (they're)|
|Possessive means...||someone possesses something (their)|
|Which one has an apostrophe?||contraction|
|Which one has no apostrophe?||possessive|
|3 tricky contractions||they're, you're, it's|
|3 tricky possesives||their, your, its|
They're and TheirLet's start with They're, Their, and the unrelated word There.
|Yesterday they were running. Today ____ running.||they're|
|The pencil belongs to multiple people. It is ____ pencil.||their|
|It is not over here. It is over ____.||there|
It's and ItsMoving on to It's and Its.
|The teeth belong to it. They are ____ teeth.||its|
|Yesterday it was raining. Today ____ raining.||it's|
You're and YourNow your ready for You're and Your. (Did you catch my error? I hope you did!)
|The hourglass belongs to you. It is ____ hourglass.||your|
|Yesterday you were learning. Today ____ learning.||you're|