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Definitions of They
Of he, she, or it. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
Denoting persons or things; also indefinitely used. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
Nominative plural of the pronoun of the third person. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
Pers. pron., pl. of HE, SHE, or IT. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
These or those understood or mentioned. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
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