Today I want to speak about some homophones we all encounter daily (there, their, they’re), what they mean and when we can use them. If we have an example like “They’re in their car over there“, we will pronounce these three words the same way, but we need to be careful when we spell them.
–there (acolo): it is an adverb and it refers to a place.
She is here (Ea este aici) – She is there (Ea este acolo)
The girls are over there.
There is a picture on the wall.
–their (lor): a possessive adjective; it can be found next to a noun and, as its name shows, it marks possession. Other possessive adjectives: my, your, his, her, its, our.
Their car broke down this morning. – Our car broke down this morning.
Their children are playing in the park.
I like their music.
–they’re (ei sunt): the contraction of “they are” (pronoun + verb).
They’re from London.
They’re writing some new books.
They’re her friends.
by Elena Atudosiei