Have you ever heard about Guy Fawkes?
Did you know that on Guy Fawkes Day, many people celebrate with bonfires on the 5th of November?
Why do we celebrate this day in Britain?
Everything dates back to the year 1605 when England was reigned by a Protestant king.
After Queen Elizabeth I, (who treated Catholics very badly during her reign) died, many Catholics had high hopes of the new king James I. He claimed to treat Catholics better than his predecessor. But there were a lot of Catholics, who felt let down by King James I.
This is the reason why a group of men, including Guy Fawkes, tried to blow up the Parliament with barrels of gunpowder (Gunpowder Plot). But they were captured during this act and anti-Catholic sentiments built up after this day for at least a century.
Nowadays people in Britain commemorate on the 5th of November the capture of Guy Fawkes with bonfires and fireworks and burn an effigy of Guy. Will you be watching a bonfire this year?
In this November newsletter issue, we explain the difference between “there”, “their” and “they’re” as well as “your” and “you’re” as we have noticed that even native speakers sometimes have difficulties when distinguishing between those words. Let’s try to bring light into the darkness.
“Their” always indicates possession and is almost always connected to a noun whereas “they’re” is a contraction of the words “they” and “are”. “There” on the other hand refers to places and locations or it indicates the existence of something. Here are some examples for you to see the difference:
My parents are in their garden. (possession)
They’re picking flowers. (they are)
There are many different flowers in the garden. (existence)
You can find a book shop there. (location/place)
Let’s now look at the difference between “your” and “you’re”. “Your” indicates, just like “their”, possession and “you’re” is, just like “they’re”, a contraction of the words “you” and “are”. Here are some sentences:
Can I borrow your book, please? (possession)
You’re my best friend. (you are)
We hope we have solved the difficulty of using these words correctly. If something is still unclear to you, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.
The IYE team