That’s true, Dale! But we’re actually DIFFERENT! Just like homophones! We look the same, Chip! Homophones: Words that sound the same, but mean different things and have different spellings!
ARE vs. OUR • Are – verb – a form of the verb “TO BE,” indicating a state of being • You aresuch wonderful students! • They are teachers for Shaler Area. • Our – possessive pronoun – belonging to us • Hey! Don’t throw that away, it’s our project for school!
ARE vs. OUR ARE you going to join in OUR dance?
THEIRS vs. THERE’S • Theirs – possessive pronoun – belonging to them • This car is definitely theirs; you can tell by the personalized license plate. • There’s – contraction – a contraction, short for “THERE IS” • Hey, look! There’s Timmy, he’s back at school after a long illness!
THEIRS vs. THERE’S There’s Chip and Dale with that strange friend of theirs!
THERE vs. THEIR vs. THEY’RE • There – adv – in or at a place; indicating a location • I am going to put this book over there on the table. • Their – possessive pronoun – belonging to them • I got a personal tour of their new home. • They’re – contraction – a contraction, short for “THEY ARE” • They’re really nice people once you get to know them!
THERE vs. THEIR vs. THEY’RE As our heroes face impending doom, they hang there over a gaggle of hungry cats, knowing that they’re in a tricky position and must use their knowledge and education to save them!
WHOSE vs. WHO’S • Whose – pronoun – belonging to what person? • Whose coat was left in my classroom? • Who’s – contraction – a contraction, short for “WHO IS” • Who’s that new kid?
WHOSE vs. WHO’S Who’s going to tell me whose plunger this is?!
YOUR vs. YOU’RE • Your – possessive pronoun – belonging to you • I can’t tell if this is your book or mine! • You’re – contraction – a contraction, short for “YOU ARE” • Mom bought you a car? I can’t believe it! You’re so lucky!
YOUR vs. YOU’RE I bet you’re glad you remembered your running shoes today!