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English definition of “them”

them

pronoun     strong /ðem/ weak /ðəm/
A1 used, usually as the object of a verb or preposition, to refer to people, things, animals, situations, or ideas that have already been mentioned: I've lost my keys. I can't find them anywhere. It's them. They've arrived early.Personal pronouns B1 used to refer to one person whose sex is not known instead of saying 'him' or 'her': When each passenger arrives, we ask them to fill in a form. Note: Some people do not like this use, and prefer to use him or her: When each passenger arrives, we ask him or her to fill in a form.Personal pronouns Grammar:Pronouns: personal (I, me, you, him, it, they, etc.)We use personal pronouns in place of noun phrases. We often use them to refer back to people and things that we have already identified (underlined):See moreGrammar:Subject and object pronounsPersonal subject pronouns act as the subject of a clause. We use them before a verb to show who is doing the verb. We do not usually leave out the pronoun:See moreGrammar:I, meWe use I and me to refer to the speaker or writer. I is the subject form and me is the object form:See moreGrammar:YouWe use you to refer to the listener or reader. It is both the subject and the object form. You can refer to one person or more than one person. It is usually clear from the context whether you is singular or plural:See moreGrammar:He, him; she, herHe, him, she and her are singular third person pronouns. He and him are the masculine forms. She and her are the feminine forms:See moreGrammar:ItWe use it to refer to things:See moreGrammar:We, usWe use we and us to refer to different groups of people, but always including the speaker. We and us can refer to the speaker + the listener, or the speaker + other people but not the listener, or people in general including the speaker:See moreGrammar:They, themWe use they and them to refer to specific groups of people, things and animals:See more
(Definition of them pronoun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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