There / Their / They're

Contrast existence, possession, and contraction

Neighborhood Food Truck Events
 

 

Food Truck Events

There is something new happening with food trucks. They used to be poorly regarded and serve rather ordinary food. Now chefs are bringing their cuisine to the streets to get closer to their customers. Each week there is an event in a park or some other public meeting area. Families from the surrounding neighborhoods go there for an evening of fun and food. There are several kinds of foods offered from a dozen or more food trucks.  

What kind of food do the chefs in their trucks offer?  

It could be Thai, Korean, French, Mexican or local cuisines. Their events are in public areas where people can picnic. People walk around and read the menus on the trucks, and then select a couple of their favorite foods. The events give families a chance to eat out, try new cuisines, and meet their neighbors.

cuisine (n.) – a particular style of cooking French cuisine, vegetarian cuisine

event (n.) – a planned social activity

neighborhood (n.) – an area of a city where people live  (En-Br. neighbour)

ordinary (adj.) – common, not particularly special

poorly regarded (adj.) – not admired, respected, liked

surrounding (adj) – near or around a particular place

 

 

 

 

There vs. Their

THERE — EXISTENCE / LOCATION

There expresses the existence or location of something.

There is something new happening with food trucks. (there → exists)

Each week there is an event in a park or some other public meeting area. (exists)

Families from the surrounding neighborhoods go there for an evening of fun and food. (location)

There are several kinds of foods offered from a dozen or more food trucks. (exists)

THEIR — POSSESSIVE

Their is a possessive pronoun mostly for people but also informally for things.

What kind of food do the chefs in their trucks offer? their → the chef's

Their events are in public areas where people can picnic. (their → the chef's)   

People walk around and read the menus on the trucks, and then select a couple of their favorite foods. (their → the chef's)

The events give families a chance to eat out, try new cuisines, and meet their neighbors. (their → families')
   

 

Also see It /There Pronouns, Adverbs—object in the word form, Possessive Pronouns

 

 

 

 

 

 

They're / Their

A contraction vs. a possessive pronoun

 

 

 

THEY'RE

They're is a contraction for they + are.  (informal)

They are my neighbors. They are going with us.

They're my neighbors.  They're going with us.   (they are → they're)

Who are those people?
They're
neighbors who are going there with their children.  

THEIR

They (a subject pronoun) and their (a possessive pronoun) are personal pronouns that take the place of a personal noun.

The neighbors are bringing their children too. (possessive.)

They are bringing their children too. (possessive.)

Their friends are there are already eating their food.

They're enjoying the event.  

 

See Apostrophes—Aux Verb Contractions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There

Existence vs. location

 

 

 

There  Meanings

THERE — EXISTENCE

There has no particular meaning ("dummy pronoun"). It is a placeholder for the subject position in a clause. It is commonly followed by a be verb or a modal.  In most cases, the sentence can be restated in a simpler way without there.  

There is no one there / here. 

No one is here.

There must be an answer somewhere.

An answer must be somewhere.

Is there any coffee left? 

~Coffee is left [exists, remains]?

THERE — LOCATION

There is an adverb for place. There indicates a location or general direction. 

No one is there.     No one is home.   (location)

The answer must be there.  (general direction – the speaker points to something.)

Yes, it's there, on the counter. (more specific direction – the speaker specifies "on the counter".)

 

~ awkward sounding; this cannot be restated in a simpler manner

counter (n.) – a flat work surface found in a kitchen, shop, or bank.

Also see Adverbs—object in the word form (here, there, ahead, outdoors).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theirs / There's

A possessive vs. a contraction

 

 

 

Theirs vs. There's

THEIRS – POSSESSIVE NOUN

Theirs is a possessive noun that includes their + noun.  The final -s changes the word from a possessive pronoun to a possessive noun.  Theirs and there's are homonyms (sound the same but have different spellings).

Nelson is my last name.  Weber is their last name.

Nelson is mine.  Weber is theirs.

The name of their food truck is "Pizza Van Go".

The name of theirs is "Pizza a Go Go".

THERE'S – THERE IS

In informal speech we reduce the auxiliary verb. There is becomes there's.  There is normally the subject of a clause (and sometimes the subject of an object clause.) 

There's a man named Weber on the phone (calling) for you.

There's a food truck named "Pizza Van Go".

 

 

 See Apostrophes—Aux Verb Contractions

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Common Mistakes

Errors and Solutions

 

 

 

ERROR SOLUTION

Their are really enjoying what their doing.

They're (They are) really enjoying what they're (they are) doing.
Use the informal contraction form of they + are or write both words fully.
 

Theirs a great place to eat next to the other restaurant of theirs.

There's (There is) a great place to eat next to the other restaurant of theirs.

 

I hope they like there food.

 

I hope they like their food. 
Both native and non-native speakers find it difficult to proof-read essays and find these accidental switches in word use!

 

When do we have to be ther?

 

When do we have to be there
Don't forget the final -e.
 

Solution - lightbulb  There / Their/ They're

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

A Food Truck Business

Takosher "The Chosen Taco"
 

 

Complete the sentence.

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recommendation (n.) – your suggestion to someone that they should choose a particular thing because you think it is very good

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 2

Food on Wheels

food truck
 

 

Read for Errors

communicationTheirs an easy way to find something to eat for lunch without going far.  Food trucks are like restaurants on wheels.  The chefs come to you — wherever you are working — bringing they're food to your city sidewalk. Food trucks are a way for chefs to get out of their restaurants and get onto the streets where customers can enjoy there food.

Chefs in food trucks are changing the way people spend theirs lunch hours. Rather than sitting inside, office workers and residents can walk outside theirs buildings to find a tasty bite to eat.

Some food truck owners take orders and follow a schedule. Other food truck owners use Twitter to tell people when they're trucks will be their. People can receive a call or a "tweet" telling them when the truck will arrive there, or they can just go to a particular place where their favorite truck usually parks.

Theirs a huge variety of food that is being offered on these trucks – some good and some not so good.    Not all trucks have gourmet food on there menus. Their food can be rather ordinary or extraordinary.   Some offer hot dogs and hamburgers, while others offer "Coq au Van¹" and "Crème Brûlée". 

Chefs are using the trucks in the daytime to attract more customers by getting closer to their workplaces. However, local restaurant owners complain that their stealing customers. They're names are hilarious (very funny) , for example, "Shut Up & Eat", "Dogzilla",  "Mutton, honey",  "Hit n' Run",  "Nacho Mama's", "Takosher" (Kosher tacos!), "Me So Hungry", "Chairman Bao" (pork buns), and "Great Balls on Tires" (meatballs).

Customers enjoy the creative presentations of the trucks. " Theirs a lot of clever marketing going on ther." remarked an appreciative customer.

clever (adj.) – smart, intelligent

creative (adj.) – interesting and artful, inventive

residents (n.) – people who live nearby

steal (v.) – take unfairly

¹ Usually, this French dish (chicken cooked in red wine) is spelled "Coq au Vin" . Here it is "van" , a word for a small truck.

 

 

 

 

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Theirs an easy way to find something to eat for lunch without going far.  Food trucks are like restaurants on wheels.  The chefs come to you — wherever you are working — bringing they're food to your city sidewalk.

     

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Food trucks are a way for chefs to get out of their restaurants and get onto the streets where customers can enjoy there food.

       

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Chefs in food trucks are changing the way people spend theirs lunch hours. Rather than sitting inside, office workers and residents can walk outside theirs buildings to find a tasty bite to eat.

     

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Some food truck owners take orders and follow a schedule. Other food truck owners use Twitter to tell people when they're trucks will be their.

     

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People can receive a call or a "tweet" telling them when the truck will arrive there, or they can just go to a particular place where their favorite truck usually parks.

     

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Theirs a huge variety of food that is being offered on these trucks – some good and some not so good.    Not all trucks have gourmet food on there menus.

     

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Their food can be rather ordinary or extraordinary.   Some offer hot dogs and hamburgers, while others offer "Coq au Van" and "Crème Brûlée".

     

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Chefs are using the trucks in the daytime to attract more customers by getting closer to their workplaces. However, other restaurant owners complain that their stealing customers..

     

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They're names are hilarious (very funny) , for example, "Shut Up & Eat", "Dogzilla",  "Mutton, honey",  "Hit n' Run",  "Nacho Mama's", "Takosher" (Kosher tacos!), "Me So Hungry", "Chairman Bao" (pork buns), and "Great Balls on Tires" (meatballs).

     

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Customers enjoy the creative presentations of the trucks. " Theirs a lot of clever marketing going on ther." remarked an appreciative customer.

     

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 3

That's a Party!

Neighborhood Food Truck Event
 

 

Read for Errors

Off the Grid announced that, at there food fair, they're will be two dozen food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and a musical band in the middle. Their hoping everyone will come and enjoy ther event. Theirs no better way to get to the food fair than on foot. Neighbors are expected to take they're kids and they're babies in strollers and walk ther.

Thers something for everyone, and everyone will want to find they're special treat. There not going to be disappointed. Thers so much to choose from.

Off the Grid is hoping their event will be a huge success and will inspire other cities to plan there own OTG fairs.

The term off-the-grid (OTG) or off-grid refers to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities ( water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid, or similar utility services).

Food vendor names: 3-Sum Eats, Brass Knuckle, Chairman Bao, CupKates, Curry Up Now, Hapa SF, Iz It?! Fresh Grill, Kati Roller , Kung Fu Tacos, Little Green Cyclo, Nom Nom , Sanguchon , Senor Sisig, Seoul on Wheels, The Taco Guys, The Wow Truck

"Off the Grid SF" — Blog

 

 

 

 

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Off the Grid announced that, at there food fair, they’re will be two dozen food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and a musical band in the middle.


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Their hoping everyone will come and enjoy ther event.


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Theirs no better way to get to the food fair than on foot.


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Neighbors are expected to take they’re kids and they’re babies in strollers and walk ther.


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Thers something for everyone, and everyone will want to find they’re special treat.


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There not going to be disappointed.


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Thers so much to choose from.


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Off the Grid is hoping their event will be a huge success and will inspire other cities to plan their own OTG fairs.