My beginning students confuse “There are” and “They are.”
First, the pronunciation is hard.
To say “There,” your mouth ends up in the position you would use to say the word “girl.” Your mouth is small and your lips are tight and turned down.
To say “they,” smile big. Show all of your teeth. (Or, as Americans say when taking a picture, “Say cheese.”
Second, we use them differently.
We use “there are” to say that more than one thing exists. We are talking about a new subject for the first time.
In contrast, we use “they are” when we know the plural subject that this pronoun replaces.
Now, let’s look at both together.
- There are two guys in this picture. (I am talking about a new topic.)
- They are businessmen. (The two guys.)
I hope this helps!
If you want to see MORE examples of “there are” and “they are,” be sure to read Part 2!