Thier, Their, There, They’re: Simple English Correction

It is time to check autocorrect!

Do we say thier or their? Which spelling is correct?

In a nutshell, thier is not a word. Their is the possessive pronoun which means that something belongs to a group of people.

Oftentimes, people get confused between their, they’re and there as they are all pronounced the same way but spelled differently.

They have several different uses. Let’s explain the differences and when to use each.

Their

Their is used to mean something that belongs or relates to a group of people. It is a possessive adjective that works as a determiner before the noun.

It is the third person plural possessive adjective that describes something belonging to them.

For example, we could say:

Their books.

Their bag.

Their food.

Their talents.

It can also be used as a possessive pronoun: his, her, its, theirs. We use possessive pronouns in place of a noun to avoid repetition.

For example, “that’s not my book. It’s theirs” (or: it’s their book).

It can be confused with “they’re” and “there” due to similar pronunciation and spelling.

Example Sentences with Their

The babysitter was given the key to their house.

The teacher corrected their homework.

I’m borrowing their book to read.

The guitar is not yours. It’s theirs.

Their kind mother always cooked them a meal.

Thier

Thier is a common misspelling of the word their, which is why I’ve included it in this list. Thier is not a word! The person may have mistakenly switched the i and e in the word.

To help you remember the correct spelling, think of the word “they.” Drop the y and add “ir” when creating their.

There

There, their and they’re are homophones because they are pronounced the same but spelled differently.

There has many different meanings.

  1. It can refer to a place. There is the opposite of here.

For example, “I live over there.”

2. It is also used as a pronoun. It can be used to substitute a noun or a clause.

For example, “Hello there!”

“Do you want to go to the restaurant here or there?”

3. It can be used as an adjective to modify a noun or pronoun. In this case, there means to reliably support or help someone.

For example, “I will always be there for you.”

From this example, we can see that there modifies the pronoun “I” and is therefore considered an adjective.

4. There can also be used for emphasis.

For example, “that man there knows the story.”

They’re

They’re is short for “they are.” We use an apostrophe and “re” to shorten the word are.

This is similar to other contracted words; for example, “he is” becomes “he’s” or “cannot” becomes “can’t.”

Example Sentences with They’re

They’re (they are) going to the cinema for the birthday party.

They’re (they are) kind people.

They’re (they are) enjoying the good weather.

In Conclusion

Thier is not a correct word and a common misspelling of the word their.

They’re, there and their are homophones that sound the same but have different meanings.

If you want to say “they are,” use “they’re.”

If you want to say that something belongs to them, say “their.”

For everything else, say “there.”

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