Language tip of the week: their and there

Posted by on June 28, 2012

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc) which learners often find difficult. This week’s tip is about confusion between their and there.

Don’t confuse their (the possessive form of ‘they’) and there (a pronoun and adverb). These two words sound exactly the same.
✗ In a democracy, people have the power to decide there own future.
✓ In a democracy, people have the power to decide their own future.
✗ Most women didn’t work and were dependent on there husbands.
✓ Most women didn’t work and were dependent on their husbands.

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