Homophones: they're, their and there
These three homophones often lead to
difficulty. Try to make sure that you know which is which:
"they're" is perhaps the easiest to remember. It is the
shortened form of "they are".
For example: They're catching a flight at 11.45.
"their" means "belonging to them".
For example: Their house is in Broad Street.
"there" has two uses:
1) to mean a place
For example: The post office is over there.
2) with the verb "to be" (in phrases
like "there is", "there are" etc)
For example:There are 26 letters in the alphabet.
See if you can choose the correct words to fill the gaps in the following
sentences. Click on the button alongside a word to see if you're right.
1. They always take ......... dog with them on holiday.
2. Let's wait ......... alongside the exit.
3. Ask them if ........ coming tomorrow.
4. ........ building an extension to our school.
5. ........ are over 1200 students at our school.
6. We'll call in at Mcdonalds if ........'s time.
7. ........ football team is at the top of the league.
8. Sam is always ........ in good time.
9. Dad was pleased that they had done so well in ........ exams.
10. I'm afraid ........ going to find the move very stressful.
11.My parents won't be coming as ........ both working on Saturday.
12. The teacher told them to leave ........ books on her desk.