Hat-trick of confusion: There vs. their vs. they’re

If this set of spelling errors could be placed anywhere, it ought to be in other people’s trash cans. Yet some writers continue to wrongly use the terms while acting as if they are correct.

There refers to place: He’s going to Los Angeles. While there, he will meet with studio executives.

Their means that more than one person owns something: Jake and Emily went to Chicago. Their itinerary includes visiting the Sears Tower.

They’re is a contraction of “they are”: Jake and Emily like to travel. They’re going to New York City for New Year’s Eve.

The phrase there are never should be written as the contraction they’re.