Syntax and Semantics

Classic vs. classical


Classical /ˈklæsɪk(ə)l/



1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of ancient Greeks and Romans or their civilization

ex: The Iliad by Homer is classical epic poem.

2. to describe something that is traditional in form, style, or content.

ex: Darlinghurst Court House in Sydney is an example of classical architecture.

3. (music) of, relating to, or denoting any music or its period of composition marked by stability of form, intellectualism, and restraint (ie, relating to a peak stage of a civilization)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

4. denoting or relating to a style in any of the arts characterized by emotional restraint and conservatism

What’s important is that the term usually relates to fairly well-defined historical periods of culture and science.


Classic /ˈklæsɪk/



1. of lasting interest or significance

ex: the classic work on Eastern Europe

2. serving as a standard or model of its kind; typical

ex: It is a classic symptom of influenza.

3. adhering to an established set of rules or principles in the arts or sciences

4. characterized by simplicity, balance, regularity, and purity of form;

ex: a classic black dress

5. of the highest class, esp in art or literature

6. continuously in fashion because of its simple and basic style



7. an author, artist, or work of art of the highest excellence

8. a creation or work considered as definitive

9. usually capitalized - the Classics - it refers to the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.


Darlinghurst Court House

Modern classic

A classic dress

Their, there and they're


Their /ðɛː/



1. in, at, or to that place or position

ex: We went to Paris and stayed there ten days.

ex: There on the right.

ex: 'I'm quite---.' There she stopped.

ex: I don't agree with you there.

2. used in attracting someone's attention or calling attention to someone or something.

ex: Hello there!

3. used to indicate the fact or existence of something

ex: There's a restaurant round the corner.


1. used to focus attention on something.

ex: There, I told you she wouldn't mind!

2. used to comfort someone.

ex: There, there, you must take all of this philosophically.


There /ðɛː/



1. belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified

ex: Parents keen to help their children.

ex: She heard someone blow their nose loudly.

2. used in titles

ex: A double portrait of Their Majesties.


They're /ðɛː/



1. They are.

ex: They're happy.