them
Pronunciation
  • (Stressed) enPR: thĕm, IPA: /ðɛm/
    • (Stressed) (New York City) IPA: [d̪ɛm]
  • (Unstressed) enPR: thəm, IPA: /ðəm/
    • (Unstressed) (New York City) IPA: [d̪ʌm]

Pronoun
  1. (plural) Those ones.
    1. Used as the direct object of a verb.
      She treated them for a cold.
    2. Used as the indirect object of a verb.
      She wrote them a letter.
    3. Used as the object of a preposition.
      Give it to them.
  2. (singular) Him, her, or it; that one.
    1. Used as the direct object of a verb.
      If a student has an inappropriate question, whatever you do, do not berate them.
      • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 17:2–5 ↗:
        If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, […] [t]hen shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.
    2. Used as the indirect object of a verb.
      If one of my patients calls, please bring them their dinner.
    3. Used as the object of a preposition.
      If someone comes and asks for the ticket, just give it to them.
Related terms

Translations
  • French: (accusative) les, (dative) leur, (after preposition or emphatic) eux, (after preposition or emphatic) elles
  • German: ihnen (dative), sie (accusative)
  • Portuguese: os (direct object), lhes (dative), eles (preposition)
  • Russian: их
  • Spanish: a ellos, a ellas

Determiner
  1. (dialectal) Those.
    • 2005, Elmer Kelton, Sons of Texas, Tor/Forge (2005), page 111:
      " […] Them two wild horses ain't fit to ride, and I been wonderin' how I was goin' to get you out of this place before them Spanish maybe circle back and finish the job."
    Them kids need to grow up.



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