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pet peeve: people who don’t know the difference between there, their, they’re
Nov 16th, 2010 by wrekehavoc

vive la différence.

i cannot possibly imagine what some people were doing during their school years, but they’re butchering the english language here, there, and everywhere. and one of the top grammatical offenders appears to be the usage of there, their, and they’re. it’s not difficult, people, like it’s and its is.

there usually involves a place. and when it doesn’t involve a place, it is introducing a clause or a sentence (i.e., there is an awesome place where people actually know how to speak using grammatically-correct terms.) and of course, there is sometimes used by the folksy or southern people out there: them there eyes comes to mind.

their is the possessive form of they. and that’s IT. their house, their lawn, their dog who bites you when you visit. it all belongs to them. get used to it, get over it, and you’ll be ok.

they’re is a contraction — see the little line thing between the y and the r? it means there’s at least one letter missing. and that letter, in this case, is an a. breaking it all down — it means they are. so every time you are tempted to use that one, break it up in the sentence and see whether it works. they are is a place that i can go when i feel low? (nope. use there.) they are house, they are lawn, they are dog who bites you when you visit… (nope. now, how stupid does that sound? think about it.)

so get it straight, or the people with poetic license(s) will gang together and they’ll come to take you away to a dictionaryfest, where you’ll be force-fed contractions and grammar until your prepositions start contracting.

you’re welcome.


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