AskDefine | Define their

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English

Pronunciation

  • , /ðeɚ/, /De@(r)/

Homophones

Pronoun

  1. Belonging to them.
    They will meet tomorrow at their convenience.
    This is probably their cat.
  2. Belonging to someone of unknown gender.
    Everyone must understand their feelings.

Usage notes

  • For notes on the usage referring to a person of unspecified gender, see the usage notes for they.
It is important to distinguish “their” from “there” and “they’re”. “Their” signifies ownership. “There” designates a place (cf. here). “They’re” means “they are”.

Related terms

  • they, them (personal pronouns, subject & object case)
  • theirs (possessive pronoun)

Translations

Scottish Gaelic

Pronunciation

  • /hér/

Verb

  1. will say
    their Seumas — James will say.
    their mo chlann — my children will say.

Extensive Definition

They () is a third-person, personal pronoun (subject case) in Modern English.

Usage

The "singular" they is the use of this pronoun, where they is used as a gender-neutral singular rather than plural pronoun. The correctness of this usage is disputed.

Etymology

They "The People"

Taken from "You know what "they" say..."
  • "They" refers to the masses of those who are among the pop culture. "They" quote sayings of individuals who could put complex events in to understandable context; believing that what "they" have just quoted would justify an event or action which had just occurred.
  • "They" may also refer to the government or society at large, such as when a paranoid conspiracy theorist proclaims "They're out to get me, man" or "They're watching me right now."
The logical position against this usage is based on the principle of methodological individualism - the obvious fact about the reality of humans that various actions such as "thinking", "saying", "feeling", "knowing", "believing" or any other physiological functions can only be done by individual humans.
their in Chechen: Уьш
"They" are beyond questioning. "They" are the collective thought that has become one of the most quoted and revered sources of information available today. "They" are above reproach and can not be directly held against their word. "They say" is a statement often used by the followers of "They". Much like Taoism, "They" can direct ones life, instruct on what should be said or done, and will always be turned to for insight. They are "They".
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