Homophones – that sounds like trouble!

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. Homographs, incidentally, are words that are spelt the same but have different meanings and different pronunciations [like lead (the metal) and lead (for walking dogs)]. One of the most common homophones and one that pops up regularly on the transfer test is…

there – their – they’re

Thankfully, it’s an easy one to work out each time because there are a few basic tests that you can use.

Thereadverb – in, at, or to that place or position.
  • “There” – if it can be changed to here without messing up the sentence, then it’s usually t-here.
Theirdeterminer – belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned
  • “Their” always relates to belonging to.
They’recontraction – shortened form of “they are”
  • “They’re” – if it can be changed to “They are” without sounding wrong, then it will be “they’re”.

Got it? If so, hour are our “There, Their, They’re” quiz will help check you’re your literacy skills. Just select the correctly spelled sentence each time and check your score at the end. Good luck.


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