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Know Your Homophones: there, their and they're

In this worksheet, students practise spelling the words 'there', 'their' and 'they're' correctly by distinguishing between their meanings.

'Know Your Homophones: there, their and they're' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling: Homophones

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. The different meanings often have different spellings.

 

The words there, their and they're are homophones.

 

Their means 'belonging to them'.

Susie and Sam have lost their puppy.

 

They're is short for 'they are'.

They're searching for him now.

 

There is used when we are talking about a place.

'He's over there!' shouted Susie.

 

We also use there when we say 'there is' or 'there are'.

'There is another puppy with him,' said Sam.

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

 

The children are going to visit __________ aunt during half term.

 

there

their

they're

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

I can see Katie over ________.

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

 

I think __________ coming to visit us tomorrow.

there

their

they're

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

Julie and Sophie will come out to play when they've had __________ tea.

Tom has written the following sentence.  Do you think he has chosen the correct homophone in his writing?

 

Is their a post office in the village?

Correct

Incorrect

Why is 'their' the correct choice of word in the sentence below?

 

The children all held there breath and jumped into the water.

This relates to the children and possession

This relates to location

This is an abbreviation for 'they are'

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

They're hoping to go to Spain on holiday next year.

 

Correct

Incorrect

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

There are thirty pupils in our class.

Correct

Incorrect

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

The twins said there having a birthday party next Saturday.

 

Correct

Incorrect

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

The boys left their bikes outside the park.

 

Correct

Incorrect

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

 

The children are going to visit __________ aunt during half term.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
their
EDDIE SAYS
Watch out for the homophones! It's really important that you use the correct word otherwise your sentence can take on a whole new meaning that you didn't intend it to! The correct answer is 'their' as this means possession, and the aunt belongs to the children.
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

I can see Katie over ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
there
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing over there? The answer is 'there' as this suggests the location. We can see Katie and she is over there, suggests where Katie is positioned, so 'there' is the only option here!
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

 

I think __________ coming to visit us tomorrow.

CORRECT ANSWER
they're
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the right word to go here? They're is a contraction/shortened version of 'they are'. In this sentence we are discussing people and what they are doing, so 'they're' is the only answer that makes sense here!
  • Question 4

Choose the correct spelling of there/their/they're to complete the sentence.

Julie and Sophie will come out to play when they've had __________ tea.

CORRECT ANSWER
their
EDDIE SAYS
That is a lot of food on that plate! The food belongs to Julie and Sophie, so, therefore, the only word that can go here is 'their'.
  • Question 5

Tom has written the following sentence.  Do you think he has chosen the correct homophone in his writing?

 

Is their a post office in the village?

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
Tom has not used the correct word in his sentence. He should have used the word there. Instead 'their' suggests possession, which does not make sense in this sentence.
  • Question 6

Why is 'their' the correct choice of word in the sentence below?

 

The children all held there breath and jumped into the water.

CORRECT ANSWER
This relates to the children and possession
EDDIE SAYS
The breath belongs to the children so it should be 'their'.
  • Question 7

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

They're hoping to go to Spain on holiday next year.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
This is an abbreviation, did you spot the inverted comma to show that some letters were missing? If this was written out in full, it would read 'they are hoping to go to Spain on holiday next year.'
  • Question 8

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

There are thirty pupils in our class.

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
This statement is correct as the number of students is plural.
  • Question 9

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

The twins said there having a birthday party next Saturday.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
It should be 'they're' as it is short for 'they are', and they are having a party!
  • Question 10

Read the sentence and decide whether the correct spelling of there/their/they're has been used.

 

The boys left their bikes outside the park.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
This is correct because the bikes belong to the boys. Therefore, 'their' is the correct word to use here.
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