Their, they're or there?

Learning focus

To revise when to use their, they're or there.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos

  • three activities


Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

Their, they're and there are homophones that often confuse people.

Watch this short clip to revise when you should use their, they're or there.

Get to grips with the homophones their, they're and there.

Their means it belongs to them.

  • For example: I ate their sweets.

They're is short for 'they are'.

  • For example: 'They are going to be cross' can become 'They’re going to be cross'.

There refers to a place.

  • For example: I'm going to hide over there.

Watch the following clip to revise the difference between their, they're and there once more.

Revise when to use their, there or they're.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Complete the sentences using their, they're or there correctly.

Activity 2

Now have a go at this short quiz. Can you get all three questions correct?

Activity 3

Write nine sentences.

  • Use their in the first three sentences.

  • Use they're in the second three sentences.

  • Use there in your final three sentences.

You can write about anything you want, or you could use the picture of the soldiers fighting as inspiration.

For example: Their swords were raised threateningly.

If you’re really confident, write a sentence that includes all three homophones: their, they're and there.

Where next?

In this lesson you have revised the difference between their, they're and there.

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