The Difference between 'Theirs' and 'Them'
What is the difference between 'them' and 'theirs?' 'Theirs' is the third person plural possessive pronoun. 'Them' is a third-person pronoun. What else?
Theirs vs. Them
Main Similarity and Difference
Function 1: Possessive Pronoun
'Theirs' is the third-person plural possessive pronoun in the English language. It can be used to refer to something or someone belonging to or associated with others.
Function 2: Generic Pronoun
Instead of 'his or hers' you can use 'theirs' to indicate that something belongs to a person without mentioning their gender.
of + possessive pronouns
Sometimes, to show belonging you can use the structure of 'of + possessive pronouns'.
Function 1: Object of Verb
'Them' is a third-person plural pronoun. It is used as the object of a verb
Function 2: Object of Preposition
It is used as the object of a preposition.
Function 3: Predicative
It is used as a predicative after the verb be.
Function 4: Generic Pronoun
You use 'them' instead of 'him or her' to refer to a person without explicitly stating whether that person is a male or a female.
You use 'them' to refer to non-binary people who want to be referred to as 'they' and 'them'.
'Them' instead of 'Those'
Sometimes in non-standard English people use 'them' instead of 'those'. It is grammatically incorrect, so don't use it in formal or written English.