Word Choice – Their Versus There

Fans of the TV show Sex in the City may remember the episode when Carrie compares herself to her ex-boyfriend’s fiancé. The new woman is younger, prettier, richer, and better educated. Carrie is devastated until – she receives a thank-you note. The “better” woman does not know the difference between their and there. Obviously, Carrie is not a loser after all.Remember, it’s the little things that can spoil your professional image. You may have crafted a clear, concise message, but if it contains obvious grammar errors, you can be guaranteed that’s what your reader will remember.

The their and there problem is easy.

Their is a personal pronoun. A noun will follow: their offices, their skills, their clients

Correct

Their offices are on the 2nd floor.
Their skills must be updated.
Their clients appreciate the change.

There, when it is used to indicate a fact or existence of something, is usually followed by a verb, such as is or are.

Correct

There are too many editors and not enough writers.
There was a grammar error in her thank-you note.

There is no reason for people to make this mistake in their documents.

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