|Posted by Sean O'Halloran on November 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM||comments ()|
What’s the difference between their, there, and they’re?
Everybody probably knows this already. But mistakes can be made through carelessness or simply as typos. It is worth being reminded about.
Their is the third person plural possessive adjective, used to describe something as belong to them. Their is nearly always followed by a noun.
There has several different uses.
1. Adverb that means the opposite of "here"
She’s over there.
2. Pronoun that introduces a noun or clause.
There is something strange going on.
3. Adjective that emphasizes which person.
People there are very angry.
Those there look good.
4. Noun that means "that place."
From there, we sailed to Cobh.
They’re is the contraction of "they are" and is often followed by the present participle (verb form ending in -ing).
They’re leaving tomorrow.
Is that what they’re doing now?
|Posted by Sean O'Halloran on October 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM||comments ()|
It's and Its.
Don’t mix these up!!
IT'S – the apostrophe is used here to indicate a contracted form. It's used as a shortened form of ‘it is’ or ‘it has’.
However, we can see the difference between the two in the following example:
When not to use the apostrophe?
ITS – this form indicates a possessive in the sense that something belongs to the word which follows. So the ‘its’ on ‘its right place’ above indicates that the place ‘belongs’ to it.
Spot the errors here
Think about the meaning of this last example.
Would you ever see:
So why should we ever write: