[ uh m ]
/ əm /
them: Put 'em down there.
How To Use The Em DashEm Dash: What is it and how do you use it? An em dash is a punctuation mark that can be used in many ways. What about the en dash vs em dash?
What Are En Dashes?You don’t hear as much about them as other dashes, but you’ve most likely seen them around. En dashes (–) can denote a range or connect the endpoints of a route. They can also show a contrast or connection between two words. You can use them to replace the words to, and, or versus. An en dash is longer than a hyphen (–) and shorter …
Origin of 'em
1350–1400; Middle English hem, Old English heom, dative and accusative plural of he1
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British Dictionary definitions for 'em
/ (əm) /
an informal variant of them
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Word Origin and History for 'em
Middle English, now taken as a colloquial abbreviation of them, but originally a form of hem, dative and accusative of the third person plural pronoun.
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