Pronouns They Them English Grade 1 English Learning Concepts | Orchid
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Pronouns

Concept: Use the Correct Word 'they' or 'them’

Definition:

  • Words used in place of naming words are called pronouns.
  • We use pronouns in place of naming words that have already been mentioned previously in order to avoid repetition.
  • A pronoun can show both singular and plural nouns.
  • ‘They’ and ‘them’ are pronouns used to talk about more than one naming word.

Examples:

Use of they and them

A) Use of ‘they’:

  1. ‘They’ is used to describe more than one person so, ‘they’ is a plural pronoun.
  2. We use ‘they’ when we talk about other people.
  3. ‘They’ usually is placed before doing words.

Examples:

Use of they
  • The speaker is talking about other people. Therefore, we used ‘they’.
  • The people we are talking about are the family who has bought a car. They are a group of people hence the word ‘They’ is used. to talk about more than one person.
  • ‘They’ is placed before the action word (bought).
Use of they
  • The speaker didn’t use the name of the grandparents. Instead the word ‘they’ is used as a replacement for nouns.
  • ‘They’ is used because the speaker is talking about more than one person.

A) Use of ‘them’:

  1. The pronoun ‘Them’ is a plural pronoun. We use it when we talk about more than one animal, person, or thing.
  2. We use ‘them’ to show the action done over a group of people.
  3. ‘Them’ usually is placed after doing words.

Examples:

Use of them
  • In the above sentence, instead of using the word (cats), we used the pronoun ‘them’.
  • The pronoun ‘Them’ is used to talk about more than one animal. And it is placed after the doing word or verb (feed).
Use of them
  • The pronoun ‘Them’ in the sentence speaks about the ‘friends. Instead of using the word ‘friends’, the speaker used the pronoun ‘them’.
  • ‘Them’ refers to more than one friend and it is before the action verb.

Common Mistake:

a) The pronoun ‘They’ can’t sit at the end of a sentence. It usually is positioned at the beginning of a sentence.

  • I love them.
  • I love they.

b) On the other hand, ‘them’ is placed in the middle or at the end of a sentence. It can’t be positioned at the beginning of a sentence.

  • They are my friends.
  • Them are my friends.
Mind map of use of they and them
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