Bite-size writing tips for small business: There, they’re and their…

Why does the English Language have to be so complicated?

There, they’re and their seem to be 3 words that confuse the hell out of most people. Are you one of them?

There’s no shame in not knowing which one to use. A great way to get up-to-speed is to simply read more. When you read, your mind absorbs good writing like a sponge. And eventually, you will know which one to use because it ‘looks right’.

To help you out, I’m going to give you some straight examples of how to use them correctly. And if you get stuck next time you’re writing your blog or other business communications, you can refer back to this page.

They’re (they are)

They’re going to the shops.

They’re never going to get home on time.

They’re in way too deep.


Their car is parked on the driveway.

Their cousin is coming to stay for the holidays.

That’s their problem, not mine.


My car keys are over there.

What time shall I be there?

There isn’t time now.

There is a new Indian restaurant in time.

You’re right there.

Is there any chance you can help me with this?

These are just a handful of examples, but I think you’ll find them useful if you’re in doubt. It’s always worth taking a few moments to proofread (or ask a friend or colleague to help you) to weed out any obvious errors. So your written words reflect the level of professionalism you want to project to your audience.

Until next time.


Alison is a Freelance Copywriter in Milton Keynes offering a range of services for small and large organisations in MK and across the UK.  For further information visit


I'm a Freelance Copywriter, specialising in website copywriting and business blogs.

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