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There/Their/They’re

Their is a possessive pronoun. It always describes a noun. Note the spelling of their. It comes from the word they, so the e comes before the i. There is an adverb meaning “that location.” It is sometimes used with the verb to be as an idiom. It is spelled like here which means “this

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Where/That

Do not use where to replace that. This mistake is common with verbs like read or see. Incorrect: Joanna saw where the president was coming to town.(Unless you mean she saw the place he was coming to!) Correct: Joanna saw that the president was coming to town.

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There’s/Theirs/Their’s

Theirs is a possessive pronoun. There’s is a contraction for there is or, rarely, there has. Note the apostrophe replacing the missing letter or letters. Their’s does not exist. Examples: That painting is theirs. (possessive pronoun) There’s more to this than meets the eye. (contraction of there is)

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