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Everyday grammar tips

Are there particular words in the English language that you find confusing to use?

A common grammatical error is the use or mis-use of their, there and they're.

In any form of correspondence it is very important to review what you have written – especially if it is to go to a client or potential client.

By not checking your spelling and grammar, your writing can often be interpreted as unprofessional if many errors are found. A simple review of what you have written can make the world of difference to this first impression.

As to these common words ~ there, their, they're ~ that are often incorrectly interchanged in sentences, here is a summary of how to use them correctly.

Common WordExplanationExample
TherePrimarily an adverb, used to indicate position, direction or similar.

Hint: Think of here and there to remember.
There are many ways to communicate effectively.
TheirThe possessive; something belongs to them.Their enthusiasm for speaking was obvious.
They'reThe contraction of 'they are'.They're about to begin the workshop.

To sum it up – there is used for position, their is used for possession and they're is used as a contraction.

Do you have particular words that confuse you?

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Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone is the author of Success Talks: Conversations with Everyday Leaders. Maria works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. She provides tailored programs in presentation skills, business writing and effective communication as a leader and team member. Maria’s programs help her clients to excel in their role and be recognised as leaders in their field.
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