Their

In this lesson, we will learn all the rules and uses of the possessive determiner, 'Their.'

The Determiner "Their" in the English Grammar

Their is a third-person possessive determiner and it is mostly plural. We will discuss when and how to use it.

'Their' as a Possessive Determiner

Use

Their mainly shows possession with the people previously mentioned. But it has more functions. Look at its uses and examples:

  • Their shows association or belonging to the people previously mentioned. For example:

My children go to school. Their classes started last week.

Firefighters are heroes. Their job is to protect people from possible threats.

  • Their is used for kings, queens, judges, etc. In this case, 'their' starts with a capital letter. For example:

I want to talk to Their Majesties.

Their Highnesses are over there.

  • Their is used in impersonal cases. It refers to everyone in general. For example:

Their arrogance is the reason of their failure.

I set the rules for their safety.

Everyone has a talent. It's their job to turn it into skill.

Anyone who is a victim of robbery can use their insurance to recover the damage.

  • Their is used for a transgender person. Their in this case is singular. For example:

One of my friends is having their hair cut.

My friend is having issues with their dad.

Position in a Sentence

Their as a possessive determiner always comes before a noun or a noun phrase. For example:

My friend is having issues with their dad.

'Dad' is a noun.

I set the rules for their safety and health.

'Safety and health' is a noun phrase.

Tip

Articles like 'a', 'an' and, 'the' or other determiners cannot be used before 'their.' Take a look at the following examples:

This is their house. ✔ This is a their house.

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