Their, They're and There
They're very sad and upset about it.

Their, They're and There

When spelling the word there, they're or their, it's important to know which one to use.

There hats are their and they're coats are here. There's definitely something wrong here. If you haven't figured it out, here's the correct version: Their hats are there and their coats are here. 'Their' is a possessive adjective and shows that 'they' own something. 'There' is an adverb and is used to indicate place or position. Finally, 'they're' is a contraction (shortened form) of 'they are'.

It's very important to get these three word meanings fixed in your mind. We can all be excused for not knowing the meaning (or spelling) of an unusual word rarely used in everyday speech, but it's a sign of poor English if you don't know the basic words.

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  1. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    ___ methods are very effective.
    The possessive adjective is required because the sentence states how effective someone's methods are
  2. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    ___ dog has destroyed our flower bed.
    The possessive adjective is required because the sentence makes a statement about someone's dog
  3. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    Have you seen ___ new house?
    The possessive adjective is required because the sentence asks about someone's new house
  4. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    He put it ___, but now it's gone!
    The adverb is required because you are stating the place where he put something
  5. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    It's ___ fault that they lost the game.
    The possessive adjective is required because it's someone's fault: the fault 'belongs' to someone
  6. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    ___ always late for school.
    Who is late for school is stated, so you need they're
  7. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    ___ very sad and upset about it.
    You are stating who is very sad and upset, so you need they're
  8. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    He put his books ___ - in the corner.
    The adverb is required because the place where something was put is stated
  9. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    Put it up ___ .
    The adverb is required because you are stating a place where something must be placed
  10. Complete the sentence with the correct word.
    I think that they are wonderful people: ___ so kind and helpful.
    The sentence states who is so kind and helpful, so you need they're

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