their

See also: þeir

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Middle English, from Old Norse þeirra. Replaced native Old English hiera.

Determiner

their

  1. Belonging to, from, of, or relating to, them (plural).
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      For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.
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    they will meet tomorrow at their convenience;  this is probably their cat
  2. Belonging to someone (one person, singular).
    • 1594, Shakespeare, William, The Comedy of Errors, act IV, scene 3, line 1172:
      There's not a man I meet but doth salute me
      As if I were their well-acquainted friend []
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      Place the casualty on their back with feet and legs raised—this is called the shock position. [emphasis in original] Once the casualty is positioned, cover them to preserve body heat, but do not overheat.
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      ‘I mean ... if somebody made a mistake,’ Harry went on, ‘and let something slip, I know they didn’t mean to do it. It’s not their fault,’ he repeated, again a little louder than he would usually have spoken.
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Usage notes

  • Regarding the use of singular their, see they.
  • Distinguish “their” from “there” and “they’re”. “Their” signifies ownership. “There” designates a place (compare here). “They’re” means “they are”.
  • This word is an exception of the "I before E, except after C" rule, as the combination of "ei" in the middle of the word is not after a "c".

Related terms

  • they, them (personal pronouns, subject and object case)
  • theirs (possessive pronoun)

Translations

See also

Adverb

their

Contraction

their

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Scottish Gaelic

Pronunciation

Verb

their

Usage notes