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How to tell the difference
So many people seem to have trouble remembering which one to use. So here's a quick and simple way to remember:

They're is a contraction meaning "they are". If you want to say something like, "They are going to The Dells for the weekend." or "They are about to get caught in a thunderstorm." you would use "they're"

Their is possessive. Example: Their dog has stinky breath. OR Their child just won a prize at the State Fair. Their means it belongs to them. Easy way to remember: an heir is someone who inherits something, thus owning something. Just add a T.

There is the easiest, really. Neither here nor there. He lives over there. There is a stain on the rug over there.
Just remember "here or there" If it's not here, add a t.

Also having trouble with your and you're? Remember that the apostrophe in you're means it's a contraction of you are. Speak the sentence aloud. Does it make sense if you say 'you are" in place of you're?

Example: "You're so silly. Did you really give your dog a mohawk?"

Your dog....you own the dog. You're so silly...you are so silly.

I hope this will help you to remember the difference.


One last example: Their dog, Rusty, pooped on the carpet over there. They're not happy! You're going to have to help train him on your lunch breaks.
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