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aveffects's avatar

When to use there or their - witch, which or whitch - your and you're?

Asked by aveffects (212 points ) July 13th, 2010

would someone put these into example sentences please?

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ninahenry's avatar

They’re going there with their friends. Which witch stole you’re broomstick? I can see that you’re really sad that your broomstick was stolen.

They’re = they are
their = belonging to them
there = over there

whitch isn’t a word and a witch is that halloween bitch, so always which

your = belonging to you
you’re = you are

mrentropy's avatar

The second sentence should be “Which witch stole your broomstick?”

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@ninahenry has it exactly right, except for the bit that @mrentropy corrected.

aveffects's avatar

thanks I always seam to get this messed up and its a great excuse for people to call me a retard.

mrentropy's avatar

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!

Also, watch out for typos. :)

ninahenry's avatar

AHHH I’m sorry. yeah he corrected me right. probably should have looked over what i wrote.

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ninahenry's avatar

Also don’t forget “it’s” and “its”. “It’s” only means “it is”, in all other situations use “its”.

Fyrius's avatar

@aveffects
“I always seam to get this messed up”
Also, *seem. :)

Consider these things as mnemonics:
They’re and you’re are easy to distinguish from the other words if you realise that the ‘re part is short for are. Same with the ‘s in it’s being short for is.
The i in their can be seen as an assimilation of the y in they.

JLeslie's avatar

Yeah the big helper is remember the apostrophe is there kind of saying we are smooshing two words together, a contraction.

JLeslie's avatar

Oh, and a trick for their and there, is the one with the “i” in it is about people. That makes it easy for me to remember, because when I write about myself I use I all of the time and I am a person. There is about a place. They’re is obvious again for the contraction rule I just mentioned above.

BoBo1946's avatar

Their answers are correct. You’ve your answer! Which should suffice! If not, there are other that can help!

Meltd's avatar

There refers to location because it has here in it! That’s how I remember it!

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ninahenry's avatar

come over here, go over there :)

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downtide's avatar

They went there to get their new shoes. They’re nice shoes.

Which witch cast that spell on me?

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

The more you read well written books, articles, magazines, the better your spelling and punctuation will get, especially if you focus on the way they are written. It’s more fun than it sounds.

@Jeruba’s answers are excellent samples of high quality writing.
@gailcalled is a local expert on these things.

Trillian's avatar

Whitch is not a word.

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