#BadWordWednesday : There, Their, They’re

These are they of which I never grow tired of policing. Once again:

There = a location = think of HERE with  a T before it = There

Their = a person = think of HEIR with a T before it = Their

They’re = actually the contracted subject and verb They and are = when in doubt, don’t = instead write out the two words = They are = if it makes sense that way, then you may correctly use They’re.

Let’s review:

tHERE = there or here are both locations

tHEIR = their and heir are both people

They’RE = two words, use them

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