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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
What part of speech is "they're"?
Thursday December 12th 2019
Is "they're" a pronoun or verb + noun? — Kya, United States

"They're" is a contraction of "they" and "are." It combines a pronoun and a verb, so it functions just like a pronoun and a verb function together in a sentence.


"They're going to the park later" is the same as "They are going to the park later."


Contractions do not have a separate part of speech. Not all contractions are pronoun + verb. Some other contractions are auxiliary verb + adverb (can't, won't, shouldn't), auxiliary verb + auxiliary verb (could've, should've, would've), and noun + verb ("dad's" as in "her dad's going to be there" where "dad's" is "dad is"; "book's" as in "the book's on the floor" where "book's" is "book is").

 I hope this helps.



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