Their vs. There
In fact, “their'' and “there” are two different words, and not only do they have completely different meanings and uses in sentences, they also fall into different grammatical categories. One is a pronoun, whereas the other is an adverb. To see all the meanings of each, as well as their grammatical functions, check the two dedicated sections below, where you will be able to find some great illustrative examples.
When do we use “their”?
“Their” is a pronoun, mainly used as a determiner. More exactly, it is used to show belonging or relating to a certain group (of people or animate beings). The same word can also be used for something that belongs or relates to a particular person, when using “his” or “her” might be inappropriate, or irrelevant.
Example 2: Did that person give you their name or their phone number? – “their” may also be preferred in order to avoid using “his” or “her” when referring to something belonging or relating to a particular person.
When do we use “there”?
While “their” is a seemingly simple word, with two distinct uses and a clear meaning, “there” is a little bit more complex, in regard to the contexts where it may appear. To be clear, “there” is mainly used as an adverb, expressing a location or a particular place.
But it can also be used when indicating direction, when pointing or referring towards something in order to bring another’s attention to it; or when referring to something available or present. Sometimes, “there” may also be used when referring to a certain point or time during an activity or a process.
Further, besides functioning as an adverb, “there” may function as a pronoun in certain contexts. More specifically, in a particular expression. In this case, “there” is used to show that something exists, or something is happening. You’ll definitely get a better understanding of all these explanations by reading the examples below:
Keep in mind that “their” is always a pronoun expressing belonging or relating to a particular group or person, whereas “there” can be used both as an adverb expressing location/direction/availability and as a pronoun showing that something exists. Now give yourself a pat on the back for making it through this article!