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Pronoun Homophones

Many pronouns have homophones. Because of how often pronouns are used in writing, these particular homophones are especially important to identify and use properly.

Common Pairs

Hover over the cards below to see some commonly confused pronoun homophones.


A possessive pronoun


A contraction of the phrase ''it is'' or ''it has''


A possessive pronoun


A contraction of the phrase ''you are''


A possessive pronoun


A contraction of the phrase ''they are''


A possessive pronoun


A pronoun (not a personal pronoun) referring to a place

A filler subject to describe a state of being


A possessive pronoun used as an adjective (without a noun)


A contraction of ''there is'' or ''there has''


Unlike nouns, possessive pronouns will never use an apostrophe to possess something else. The possessive ending ‘s is a modification for nouns. Pronouns do not need this because they have their own special possessive forms that you simply need to memorize.

  1. Your: possessive determiner Ex. Your hair looks pretty.
  2. You’re: contraction for “you are” Ex. You’re a great friend.


  1. Its: possessive pronoun Ex. Its name is Freddy Fish.
  2. It’s: contraction for “it is” Ex. It’s a nice day for a walk.


  1. Their: possessive pronoun/determiner Ex. Their parents go to my gym.
  2. They’re: contraction for “they are” Ex. They’re fast runners.
  3. There: adverb “in, at, or to that place or position” (OED). Ex. Look over there.
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