Kathleen Kaska, Marketing Director
Once upon a time there were three homophones. They had no house in the woods, nor did they eat porridge, sit in chairs, or sleep in beds. But they were often annoyed by a nervy blonde chick (me), who treats them with reckless abandon. Hence the reason for this Writing Tip #25.
You see, these three words sound alike and have different spellings and meanings. They are often frustrated when writers, blonde or not, use them incorrectly.
Their is a possessive pronoun that lays claim to nouns, i.e., “Their espresso, chocolate-chunk ice cream is out of this world.” Their refers not to just any ice-cream maker, but the one who makes the best ice cream. So, you understand its possessiveness.
There could care less about who possesses what. There is only interested in claiming its rightful place in the world. “Every summer afternoon the ice-cream truck stops there, on the corner of Hot and Hungry.”
They’re is the contraction of the pronouns, they or, and the verb, are. The pronoun and verb like to be really close, so they join hands and become one—a contraction. But they’re not close enough to share their espresso, chocolate-chunk ice cream. I mean, who would.
So, there you have it.