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they'll

[ theyl ]
/ ðeɪl /
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contraction of they will.
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MORE ABOUT THEY'LL

What does they'll mean?

They’ll is a contraction of they will. Like other contractions, it’s primarily used in informal speech and writing.

They’ll can be used in all the contexts in which they is used by itself, including in reference to multiple people or to a single individual.

Plural example: They said they’ll deliver the package immediately after they receive it.

Singular example: Whoever the winner is, they’ll be getting a lot of attention after their identity is revealed.

Far less commonly, they’ll can be used as a contraction of they shall.

Where does they'll come from?

They’ll is a combination of they will, in which the apostrophe (’) stands in for the first two letters of will.

Contractions of other pronouns and will are formed in the same way, including:

  • I’ll (I will)
  • he’ll (he will)
  • she’ll (she will)
  • we’ll (we will)
  • it’ll (it will)

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How is they'll used in real life?

They’ll can be used in all the contexts in which they is used by itself, including in reference to multiple people or to a single individual.

 

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They’ll need a bigger boat if they’re planning to travel across the ocean.

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British Dictionary definitions for they'll

they'll
/ (ðeɪl) /

contraction of
they will or they shall
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