Introduction to Grammar Guidelines

With texting, Facebook, and Twitter fast becoming main modes of communication, the new shorthand lingo that is developing will no doubt bring about a higher frequency of grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors. The rules that define proper English seem to fade into the distance as more people forget them and replace that knowledge with acronyms such as OMG and LOL. The hope for this site is to reinforce proper English grammar and continue to encourage eloquent writing and speech.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

There, Their, or They're

"There," "Their," and "They're" is a set of words that are so commonly misused that this post is dedicated to providing the definitions as well as some examples of each.

There: a place.
~in, at, or to that place or position (p. 843 The Pocket Oxford American Dictionary of English. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2002).
  • She has lived there for more than fifty years.
  • We decided not to go there over the weekend.

Their: a pronoun used to indicate possession.
~of or belonging to them or themselves (p. 842 The Pocket Oxford American Dictionary of English. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2002).
  • That is their basket.
  • I don't want to impose on their Thanksgiving.

They're: a shorthand version of "they are."
~a contraction of "they are." (a contraction is a shortening of a word--p. 168 The Pocket Oxford American Dictionary of English. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2002).
  • They're going to be on the news this morning.
  • No one knows yet that they're having a baby.

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