Ever wondered which to use when? Here’s a one-stop guide to these three.
You use there whenever you’re referring to a place or a position.
We are going there for Christmas
If you’re thinking about anything to do with people or something belonging to people or things, you need one of the other two.
Their grasp of the matter was excellent
This is the equivalent of ‘his’ or ‘her’ when you’re referring to something that belongs to a group of people or things. For example:
It was their dog
The stars were shining brightly in their dark blue sky
Although it’s contentious, I think you can also use it when you want to be gender neutral and don’t want the awkwardness of saying ‘his and her’ or ‘his or her’. For example:
Anyone who loves reading will have their favourite book
They’re going to share what they’ve learned
If what you’re really saying is ‘they are’, you need ‘they’re’.
They’re going to the seaside (They are going to the seaside)
They’re going to love it (They are going to love it)
So there you go.
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