ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"Their," "There" and "They're": Which is Which?!

Updated on July 13, 2010

There and their, you’re and your – who needs to know the difference, anyway?

It all started with an innocent conversation on Facebook. My Norwegian friend was reporting to me that her friend had lost “there phone” earlier, but found it again, “over bye there desk.” Of course, she’d only been learning the language for a few years, and was doing pretty damn good in spite of these little hiccoughs, so I let it blow past me and carried on with the mindless chit-chat.

It wasn’t until later, though, that I began to realise just how common these mistakes were, and not just among those of foreign origin. I noticed a lot of my English friends making the same grammatical errors over MSN and Facebook, the conversations going something along the lines of:

“So do you need help with your homework then?”

“Nah. Your ok, thanks. I’m righting mine about animals. Have you done you’re homework?”

“No, need to plan it,”

“Me to. Rite, gotta go now. By!”

Where? You’re Right, Right? Wrong, Your Right! … huh?!

Well who wouldn’t be confused with yours, you’res, rights and wrongs flying about all over the place? Of course, the easy solution would just be to learn which ones to use and when. The problem isn’t so much having conversations over the Internet as when giving directions in written form.

“Go buy the pet shop, left at the roundabout, take you’re right and your there,” ensures I come away having purchased a pet shop, accepted the fact that I’m right, and apparently owning something called a “there”. So even though these words may sound exactly the same, spelling really does make the world of difference in meaning.

But how do you no the difference? …Oops, I mean ‘know’…

Well, whenever you see an apostrophe ( ’ ) that usually means elision, which is the omission of part of a word to squash two words together in speech. For example:

“you” + “are” = “you’re” (not “your”)

Your” needs a noun (an object) after it, because this word implies possession – “your bag”, “your dog,” and so on.


There’s = there + is

Theirs = possession. E.g. “That’s theirs.”

And all the others? To, too and two; by, buy and bye; right and write; son and sun; which and witch; know and no…well, you just have to learn those, I'm afraid.

By Daniella Wood © 2009 by Daniella Wood. All rights reserved. Copying without permission is illegal and will prosecuted.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)