From ON. Ã¾eir, nominative plural masculine of the demonstrative ( = Old English Ã¾a|Ã¾Ä), which acted in Old Norse as a plural pronoun. Compare Swedish/Danish/Norwegian de
âtheyâ. Ultimately from PG. *thai âthoseâ, from PIE. base *to- âthatâ.
enPR|thÄ, IPA|/Ã°eÉª/, SAMPA|/DeI?/
en-pron|desc=personal pronoun; the third person, nominative case, usually plural, but sometimes used in the singular when the gender is unknown or irrelevant|objective case|them|possessive|their|possessive noun|theirs|reflexive
context|the third person plural A group of others previously mentioned.
#: Fred and Jane? They just arrived.
context|the third person singular|disputed A single person, previously mentioned, but of unknown or irrelevant gender.
#: Have you ever seen someone while they are on their deathbed?
context|indefinite pronoun, vague meaning People; some people; someone.
#: They say itâs a good place to live.
#: They didnât have computers in the old days.
#: They should do something about this.
For centuries, they has used with a singular antecedent; however, many condemn this usage for its violation of traditional agreement rules. Writers should only use this construction if they are sure it will be viewed as an intentional choice, rather than an error. See w:Singular_they|singular they for a more in-depth
When the sex of the person referred to is known or clear, as there is no need to use they, it is preferable to use gender-specific pronouns instead. For example:
:: The doctor's advice to a pregnant woman is that they should take folic acid during their pregnancy.
Another indefinite pronoun is one, but the two words do not mean the same and are rarely interchangeable.
trans-top|third-person plural pronoun
Albanian: ata, ato
Ancient Egyptian: *sÃn
ÙØ§ IPAchar|(hÃºmaË) dual,
Ù (hum/hÃºmu) p,
ARchar|ââÙÙ|ÙÙÙÙ (hÃºnna) f
Bulgarian: ÑÐµ (te)
Catalan: ells, elles
:: Teochew: ing1, i1nang5
Czech: oni, ony
Dutch: zij, ze
Dyirbal: (no third-person
Esperanto: ili, tiuj
Estonian: nemad, nad
Finnish: he#Finnish|he (of people), ne#Finnish|ne (of things and
Fijian: rau (dual), iratou (paucal), ira (pl)
French: ils m, elles f
ÏÎÏ f (aftÃ©s), Î±Ï
Hausa: sÃºu (independent form)
Hawaiian: laua|lÄua dual, lakou|lÄkou p
×× (hÄm) m, ×× (hÄn) f
Icelandic: Ãeir, Ã¾Ã¦r,
Ido: li, ili m, eli f, oli (things)
m, illas f, illos n
Irish: siad (conjunctive), iad (disjunctive), siadsan, iadsan (emphatic)
Italian: essi, loro
å½¼ã / å½¼ç (ããã, karÃ©ra) (of people) ããã (sorera) (of
Korean: ê·¸ë¤ (geudeul)
Lakota: epi, iyepi
Latin: ei m, eae
Macedonian: ÑÐ¸Ðµ (tie)
Manx: ad; emphatic adsyn
Sami: soai dual, sii p
Novial: les m|f or n, los m, las f, lus n
Polish: oni m (animate), one m (nonanimate), f &
Portuguese: eles m, elas f
Romanian: ei m, ele f
Scottish Gaelic: iad nonemphatic, iadsan emphatic
Sicilian: iddi; idde
Slovene: one f, oni m or both
Spanish: ellos m, ellas f
Tagalog: nila (ng form), kanila (sa form), sila (unmarked form)
THchar|à¸à¸§à¸à¹à¸à¸² (phuÃ Ã k khÃ¡o)
Tok Pisin: ol
!XÅ©: si#!XÅ©|si (people), hi#!XÅ©|hi (animals, things)
Yoruba: wá»Ìn (weak pronoun), Ã wá»n (strong pronoun)
trans-top|third-person singular, of unknown or irrelevant gender
Indonesian: dia#Indonesian|dia, ia
Interlingua: uno, on#Interlingua|on
Lakota: ish, iye
Persian: FAchar|Ø§Ù#Persian|Ø§Ù (u)
Tagalog: niya (ng form), kaniya (sa form), siya (unmarked form)
trans-top|one, people, some people
Swedish: de#Swedish|de, dom#Swedish|dom
Category:100 English basic words
Category:English third person pronouns