American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- pro. Used to refer to the ones previously mentioned or implied.
- pro. Usage Problem Used to refer to the one previously mentioned or implied, especially as a substitute for generic he: Every person has rights under the law, but they don't always know them. See Usage Note at he1.
- pro. Used to refer to people in general.
- pro. Used to refer to people in general as seen in a position of authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The plural pronoun of the third person. It stands for a plural noun or pronoun preceding, or in place of one not expressed when pointed out by the situation. It is without gender-forms. Nom. they.
- Poss. their. Of or belonging to them: now always preceding the noun, with the value of an attributive adjective.
- Poss. theirs. That which belongs to them: always used without the noun, and having the value of a nominative or an objective.
- Obj. (acc.), them.
- Obj. (dat.), them.
- Used for those.
- A Middle English variant of though.
- pro. the third person plural A group of people or objects previously mentioned.
- pro. People; some people; someone, excluding the speaker.
- archaic or dialectal those (used for people)
GNU Webster's 1913
- prep. The plural of
he, she, or it. Theyis never used adjectively, but always as a pronoun proper, and sometimes refers to persons without an antecedent expressed.
- From Middle English they, thei, from Old Norse þeir—nominative plural masculine of the demonstrative, which acted in Old Norse as a plural pronoun—from Proto-Germanic *þai (“those”), from Proto-Indo-European *to- (“that”). Gradually replaced Old English hī and hīe ("they"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old Norse their, masculine pl. demonstrative and personal pron.. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ When they come back, they pay the hotel sitter, then ask you to sit down and tell you in their nice voices that Jesus has come and Grandma is gone.”
“ If they do not start making serious moves towards cutting their deficit, they are next for a test.”
“No one here is really saying they do — problem is that *they* are expecting/demanding non Mexican Americans to give up *theirs* for a day.”
“And if you use the word “spiritual” around a dualist then they will assume you mean what *they* mean by it.”
“They love the series and some whitehats tell em they gotta do it in three movies and some bullshit tv series..which most likely wouldnt be hbo or the like they cancelled deadwood in three seasons because it was too expensive to produce. network tv adaptation would be a catastrophe and blasphamy..they deny it probably out of respect.”
“I could go on and on...they rally around nothing noteworthy yet if rush or beck say bah,bah,bah..they follow them blindly”
“The Republicans, being the PERFECT GROUP that they are, find it reasonable, acceptable and perfectly fine, that they say NO to the President every day; that they find fault with every step he takes, every move he makes.., however, a person says what a zillion people probably think, apologizes profusely, and is sincere about it..they want to hang TODAY!”
“I am so glad they gave him a cameo in the new one..the new one blows compared to the orginal..but I waS REALLY wondering if they were going to put him in there…poor little guy..they decided to leave him behind for the adventure…he deserves better!”
“Rollie watched Shannon walk away, thought about going with him, but instead made his way over to the swings, and Bobby gave me a high-five and said, “Nice wipeout, man,” and they all laughed about it, and Cody said, “Shannon's weird,” and Rollie agreed and they laughed again.”
“And (to respond to a poster below) I'm sorry if I came across as "shut up and let the professionals handle it" --- I don't have any trouble with people saying how they feel or what * they* would like to have happened to Joe (my version is unprintable!).”
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