You’re so Right…

Today, I’m going to lay out three common grammatical mistakes and hopefully help you make heads and tails of them: there, your, its.

  • There
  • Their
  • They’re

 What’s the difference? 

“There” is a place. Or, if you want help remembering it, “there” is a “where.”


What’s over there? Have you been there? I’d like to go there. There is where he breathed his last.

“Their” is a plural possessive. It means a group of people own something. (It ends in an “r” just like “her” and “your” and “our,” which are also possessives.)


That’s their cat. You shouldn’t move their stuff without asking. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes.

“They’re” is a contraction which should always be read as “they are.” (If a sentence doesn’t work when you read it as “they are,” then you’re using the wrong form of there.)


They’re going to be late. (They are going to be late.) They’re all hypocrites (They are all hypocrites). They’re ready (They are ready.)

  • Your
  • You’re

This is the same as with there. “Your” is a possessive and “You’re” is a contraction for “you are.” If you’re confused, read the sentence with and without the word “are.” If it works with it, you need “you’re;” if it doesn’t, you need “your.”

You never, ever have “your are” or “your’re.”


 Your dog bit mine. You’re sure? What’s your favorite cereal? You’re not looking well.

  • Its
  • It’s

Same as before. “Its” is a possessive (like “his”) and “it’s” is a contraction which means “it is” (or it can mean “it has”). Again, if a sentence works with “is” or “has” then you need “it’s;” if not, you need “its.”

It’s on the fritz again. Have you seen its food? It’s raining. Its paw hurts. It’s worked for me.

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