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Do you know the difference?

Okay, so I admit I’ve been slacking and haven’t posted anything in a while. I guess I haven’t had anything else going on in my life lately besides paying bills…cleaning…bills…cleaning….you get the point…and I don’t really want to burden you with all that crap unless you’re going to help and I know you’re not. But today I have boycotted everything! I am neglecting my family, yessing people to death and doing my own thing.

Lately there has been one thing that has been bothering me. Actually 3 things….The words “their, there, and they’re”. Do you know the difference? I’m not sure if many people do, or if there is just a sense of laziness these days, but I am going to give a quick rundown because I’ve been seeing a lot of misuse lately, and simply just because I can. I don’t want to seem nitpicky, and I am not judging anyone for their disregard for the proper use of the English language , but it is more than a pet peeve of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect and if you are a grammar whiz you may see some mistakes here, but we’re not talking about me right now.

So here it is:

Their- a pronoun used in a possessive form of they. For example: “Are you going to their house?” “Did you see their new dog?”

There- This word can be used in many different forms. All you need to know is that you don’t use it when talking about people’s possessions. Here are some examples- “Am I going to see you there?” “There! I did it!”  “Ask that person over there”

They’re- This is a contraction of “they are” For example:  “They’re dumb for spending that much money on a new car” “They’re nice people” “Did you see that new band? They’re going to be playing at the lounge on Saturday”

Okay, so there you have it!  If you’re thinking, “wow this girl took a day off for herself and this is what she does with her time?”  then you are thinking what I am thinking. But I had to get it off my chest. I hear so many people say “this is America, speak English”, or “kids these days don’t know how to talk properly”. Well, the same goes with writing.  The way you write, reflects the way you speak. As a mom to an almost 6 year old, I am having to teach him spelling and definitions and I have to admit, the English language is a difficult one to master.

If you are guilty of the their, there and they’re confusion, I hope this helps.

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