Them is a third-person plural object pronoun and refers to a group of people, animal, or things. In this lesson, we will discuss when and how to use it.
'Them' as an Object Pronoun
- Them as a direct object is used to receive the action of the verb. For example:
That will be
'Them' comes after the verb 'saw.'
- Them as an indirect object receives the direct object. Look:
'Some presents' is the direct object and 'them' a direct object.
'Them' is before the direct object.
- Them as an object of the preposition is introduced by a preposition. For example:
I talked to
She bought a book for
'Them' is used after 'for.'
Position in a Sentence
Them as a direct object comes after the verb, as an indirect object comes before the direct object, and as an object of preposition comes after the preposition. For example:
'Them' is a direct object and comes after the verb.
'Them' is an indirect object and comes before the direct object.
I gave it to
'Them' is an object of preposition.
We can also use them to refer to authorities like police, government, etc. For example:
She called the police and asked
Them as a singular pronoun is used to refer to a person whose sex is not identified or a person whose sex is not categorized as female or male. Remember that we must always use the plural verbs with them. Look:
Sara is a good student, I know
'Them' here shows that Sara is a non-binary person.
Them is also used to refer to indefinite pronouns. For example:
I respect everyone and I make friends with
'Them' as a Determiner
In spoken English, them is used as a possessive determiner. Look:
In informal or spoken English, them is contracted to 'em. Look: