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hello grammarians today I want to talk about one of the absolute thorniest issues in usage of English and it's the difference between there there and there and if you can't tell the difference from the way I'm saying it that's because it's really confusing and evil and that is why I'm here is to help you make a distinction between these three sound-alike words now first of all we have their th e re which we're going to use orange for is an adverb and an adjective and it's used to signify where something is so the way to remember that this one is all about location it was just to take the T and replace it with the W the question is where the answer is there so have you been to Greece yes I went there I'm not gonna have you seen my dog yes there's my dog so you asked the question where did you go I went there where is my dog there is my dog and technically this is an adverb you'll use here there is modifying went and here is an adjective use because there is modifying dog the second member of this confusing trio is their th e IR which is a possessive determiner let's just call that a possessive so this is when something belongs to Ave and it's an adjective so let's just call this a possessive adjective for some--for of a su and Freda ate their icecream cones so th e ir the possessive answers the question who does that belong to so rounding out our trio the last member of the they're there they're writers of the Apocalypse is th ey apostrophe re which is a contraction of they are so anywhere you would want to say they are you can smoosh that together and say there so hey kid are your parents home no they're not home right now can I take a message so you can see in this sentence they're not home right now can I take a message there th ey apostrophe re is replacing they are both of these things would work equally well in the sense that both grammatical ones just shorter and as we know English as with most languages likes to take the easy route finding the shortest possible or most efficient option if you prefer so as a writer and speaker of English you're going to come across this situation a lot which one of these things do you use and so when you come across this funny little issue do I use there there or there you have to ask yourself a series of questions question number one does it answer the question where is it if so use th e re if the use answers the question who does it belong to then use th e IR if what you're trying to say is a contraction of they are then what you're looking for is th ey apostrophe re I know it's confusing but you can learn anything Dave it out