Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Technical Tuesday: There, They're, Their... It'll be all right. We'll quiet the banshee's scream. #writetip

Do these three homophones make you wanna scream?

You're not alone. Here are some quick tips to calm the banshee.

There (Adverb or Pronoun)

There is the opposite of here. That other place...not here.

Remember: It has the word here in it, making it a place.

Where's my Kindle? It's over there.
She wants to go to the library. I'll take her there later.
There is a book on the table.

They're They + are (a contraction)

They're is usually before an adverb or a verb ending in -ing.

Remember: This homophone is referring to more than one person at once by combing two words to make one.

They're happy with the mystery selection at the bookstore.
Do you think they're finished browsing?
They're being very quiet.

Their (Possessive Adjective)

Their refers to something a person has or owns.

Remember: It has the word heir in it...a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death, which shows possession.

Their friends paid for dinner.
They took their books to the beach.
The dogs took over their apartment.

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