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usage note for theirs
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH theirstheirs there's
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Definition for theirs (2 of 5)
pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
noun, plural hes.
Origin of he1
usage note for he
Those who object to the generic use of he have developed various ways of avoiding it. One is to use he/she or she/he (or he or she or she or he ) or the appropriate case forms of these pairs: Everyone who agrees should raise his or her (or her or his or his/her or her/his ) right hand. Forms blending the feminine and masculine pronouns, as s/he, have not been widely adopted, probably because of confusion over how to say them.
Another solution is to change the antecedent pronoun or noun from singular to plural so that the plural pronouns they, their, and them can be used: All who agree should raise their right hands. All writers know that their first books are not likely to be bestsellers. See also they.
Definition for theirs (3 of 5)
pronoun, nominative it, possessive its or (Obsolete or Dialect) it, objective it; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
- sex appeal.
- sexual intercourse.
Origin of it1
usage note for it
Definition for theirs (4 of 5)
pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
noun, plural shes.
Origin of she
Definition for theirs (5 of 5)
usage alert about they
However, while use of they and its forms after singular indefinite pronouns or singular nouns of general personal reference or indefinite gender is common and generally acceptable, their use to refer to a single clearly specified, known, or named person is uncommon and likely to be noticed and criticized, as in this example: My hair stylist had their car stolen. Even so, use of they, their, and them is increasingly found in contexts where the antecedent is a gender-nonconforming individual or one who does not identify as male or female: Tyler indicated their preferences on their application.
And although they may be used as a singular pronoun, they still takes a plural verb, analogous to the use of "you are" to refer to one person: The student brought in a note to show why they were absent. See also he1.
pronoun, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
Origin of they
Example sentences from the Web for theirs
And will this become four, if Cole and Helen have theirs added too?What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
(Genesis 9:25) You disclaim these voices from the past, but to LGBT people, your voice sounds a lot like theirs.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Theirs is one of the most star-crossed bromances of our time.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious|Marlow Stern|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The voice of Eric Garner, outside his corner store, not theirs.
Mark Reay knows his predicament is very different from theirs.
But this error of theirs should be laid at the door of the rabbins from whom they received it.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II|Martin Luther
No love was ever more innocent or purer than theirs; but none was ever more enthusiastic or more entrancing in thought.A Daughter of Eve|Honore de Balzac
At night, when the hammocks were piped down, the three went to theirs in the forepart of the ship.From Powder Monkey to Admiral|W.H.G. Kingston
Theirs was a common sorrow and a common hope, as far as Samuel was concerned.Frank Oldfield|T.P. Wilson
The surrounding farmers did not care to interfere; it was no business of theirs.The Toilers of the Field|Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (1 of 11)
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (2 of 11)
the chemical symbol for
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (3 of 11)
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (4 of 11)
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (5 of 11)
- a female person or animal
- (in combination)she-cat
Word Origin for she
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (6 of 11)
Word Origin for he
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (7 of 11)
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (8 of 11)
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (9 of 11)
pronoun (subjective or objective)
- sexual intercourse
- sex appeal
Word Origin for it
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (10 of 11)
the internet domain name for
British Dictionary definitions for theirs (11 of 11)
Word Origin for they
usage for they
Medical definitions for theirs
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Idioms and Phrases with theirs (1 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with it
- it figures
- it never rains but it pours
- it stands to reason
- it takes all sorts
- it takes getting used to
- it takes one to know one
- it takes two to tango
- that does it
Idioms and Phrases with theirs (2 of 2)
see bigger they come; let the chips fall where they may.