A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
1. (they are; used to express a permanent quality)
a. son
Peter and Phil will no doubt support me. They're good friends.Sin duda, Peter y Phil me apoyarán. Son buenos amigos.
2. (they are; used to express a temporary state)
a. están
Don't pay attention to what they say. They're angry for no reason.No prestes atención a lo que dicen. Están enojados sin motivo.
3. (they are; used to indicate location)
a. están
I lost my glasses! - They're on the kitchen table.¡Perdí mis anteojos! - Están en la mesa de la cocina.
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they're [ðɛəʳ]
they are
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