Those Horrific Homophones

Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically although they have different spellings and meanings.

THE HOMOPHONES OF THE DAY: there, their, and they’re

There going on vacation today.

Where will they leave they’re pet?

We can’t go their.

ALL of the above are WRONG.

THERE is used when referring to a place, whether concrete or more abstract.  Also use there with the verb BE (is, am, are, was, were) to indicate the existence of something, or to mention something for the first time.

THEIR is used to indicate possession. It is a possessive adjective and indicates that a particular noun belongs to them.

THEY’RE is used a contraction of the words they and are. It is only used as a subject (who or what  does the action) and verb (the action itself).

The fix on the sentences above are:

They’re going on vacation today.

Where will they leave their pet?

We can’t go there.

Next week’s This Writer’s Pen, More Horrific Homophones     Rita Bay

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