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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Monday August 12th 2019
Question
In the sentence "As I walked into the room, _____ she was," which is the correct word to use: there, their, or they're? — Ellie, United States
Answer

The correct sentence is "As I walked into the room, there she was." There means "in that place."

The words there, their, and they're can be tricky to use because they are all pronounced the same way but they all mean something very different.

There means "in that place," "at that location," or "to or into that place" and is used to talk about the location of something. You can remember that there has to do with location because it has the word here in it. Below are some examples of how it is used.

I left my keys over there, on the table.

When you went to her house was she there?

I can't wait to get there--we've been in this car for hours.

 

Their means "belonging to or relating to certain people, animals or things," "made or done by certain people, animals, or things," or "his, her, or its." Below are some examples of how it is used.

That's their house on the corner.

You can call them if you have their number.

See those birds? That's their nest.

Some of the antique books have lost their covers.

 

There is a contraction of "they are." Below are some examples of how it is used.

They're going to be arriving any minute.

I don't know where they're going.

They're a happy family.

If you have trouble remembering which is which, you can always look them up in our dictionary!

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