\ðˈe͡ɪ], \ðˈeɪ], \ð_ˈeɪ]\
Definitions of THEY
- 1919 - The Winston Simplified Dictionary
- 1899 - The american dictionary of the english language.
- 1894 - The Clarendon dictionary
- 1919 - The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language
- 1914 - Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language
- 1874 - Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language
- 1871 - The Cabinet Dictionary of the English Language
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By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer
By Daniel Lyons
By James Champlin Fernald
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
The nom. plu. of he, she, of it, denothing more than one person or thing; used indefinitely, as "they say"-that is, the world at large. Note.-They, their, them, may with strict propriety be employed, even though their correlatives be in the sing. number; the use of these forms as singulars tends to prevent awkward repetitions and direct personalities. Such a form of expression as, "neither John nor his sister could recite his or her lessons," though strictly and grammatically correct, is an awkward one, and sounds harshly: 'neither John nor his sister could recite their lessons" is more pleasant to the ear, and is quaite in accordance with common usage:" In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."-Philip. ii. 3.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.