Wrong Word Wednesday #9

Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television.

There / Their / They’re

This is one that annoys a lot of people who understand the basics of English. How often do we receive emails or text messages from friends or family members that eliminates the latter two “There going to London tomorrow to meet there friends.” It is arguably a problem with the younger generation; I remember having it drummed into me when I was at school and I wonder whether that is still the case today. It seems to be particularly endemic on Facebook (dare we call it the Facebook disease? haha)

There – Is a place or otherwise a fixed point: His new car is over there. Almost crashed your car there, didn’t you?
Their – Implies possession: That’s their new car over there.
They’re – Shortened version of “they are”: They’re bringing their new car and will park it over there.

“There” can be used in many contexts, click here for an explation from dictionary.com


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