Sunday, August 18, 2013

Their, There, They're

OK, I'm finally tackling one of the dreaded apostrophe homophones. Took two years to build up the courage... and think of appropriate illustrations. And I'm still not 100% sure I nailed it. Leave a comment, I really want to know what you think of this one.
I figure a tandem bike implies dual ownership – Their bike, rather than his or hers – even if they aren't pictured. (Besides, the fewer times I show them, the fewer times I can be accused of implying that They're doing something in that panel.)
The next one seems pretty self-explanatory to me. The rider is pointing to the bike – There it is.
Finally, They're riding it. Yes, they are.
I dunno. Works for me. What about you?


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    1. Both work, depending on how the word sits in the sentence:

      "That is their bike."
      "That bike is theirs."

      And it's better to use "their", since it matches with the others.

  2. Depends on how you construct your sentence, I suppose. I say it's their bike. You say the bike is theirs. Tomayto, tomahto. :)
    Anyway, they both use the "ei" spelling of the word, and that's the main point.

  3. I think you did a GREAT job! I've used a few of your homophones at my elementary school (I'm a teacher) and it's had such an amazing impact. You are my hero for helping my students understand homophones better.

    1. Thanks so much! Don't forget I picked out a nice set of 30 of them and had them printed up as posters, perfect for classrooms! ;)


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