The Difference between 'Theirs' and 'There's'
"Theirs" and "There's" are examples of homophones in the English language. Homophones are words with the same pronunciation but different meanings.
Theirs vs. There's
What Causes the Confusion?
"There's" and "theirs" are homophones, which means they are pronounced the same, but they have different meanings and spelling.
Theirs: Possessive Pronoun
'Theirs' is the third-person plural possessive pronoun which is used to refer to something or someone belonging to or associated with others.
We can use 'theirs' instead of 'his or hers' to show that something belongs to a person without mentioning the gender of those people.
There's: Short Form
'There's' is the short form (or contracted form) of:
- There is
- There has
Although you might hear someone use the contracted form of 'was' in spoken language, but you should know that it is not grammatically correct. Unless there are obvious signs that the sentence is in the past tense, avoid using 's' as a contracted form of 'was'.