Them VS Those
Hi. I work with customers, and they'll often point to objects on or behind the counter and say, "Can I have two of them?"
I think they really should be saying, "Can I have two of those/these?"
I guess I'm thinking of the sentence being, "Can I have two of those items?", in which case saying, "Can I have two of them items?" is completely wrong.
Is there a difference if the word "items" isn't present? Is saying "them" still incorrect?
It is correct to say "Can I have two of them?"
It is also correct to say: "Can I have two of those items?" and "Can I have two of these/those?"
Actually pronoun 'they' is also plural of 'it'.
While 'This/That/These/Those' are demonstrative pronouns.
|link comment||answered Nov 14 '12 at 05:24 Rahul Gupta Expert|
Either them or those can be correct. Them is the objective form of they. They is the plural form of he, she, or it. Those is the plural form of that. This and these are pronouns that point to something close by, something that is here. That and those are pronouns that point to something further away, something that is over there.
The customers could point to the items on the shelf and say, “They are what that I want.” They is the subject. Making it the object would be, “I want them.” If you had a bushel of apples, a customer might want two of them.
Since this, that, these, and those figuratively point at something in a place, it sounds better to use them when a person is literally pointing as well.
When you add the word items, those and these become adjectives. Them can never be used as an adjective. “Them items” is incorrect.
|link comment||answered Nov 14 '12 at 07:06 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
Came across this on a search for something else. Must say that Patty T's reply is 99% correct, but contradictory. The basic rule is that 'They' and 'Them" refer to persons; 'These' and 'Those' refer to objects. She points this out when she points out that "Them is the objective of they. They is the plural form of he, she... (persons). The conundrum is that 'it' may or might refer to a person or thing. Again, she is corect in stating that "Those is the plural of that" (something which you would not call a person). Unfortunately, 'these' terms have become so confused and misused that often, when used correctly, they sound discordant, and become correct by acceptance or poetic preference.
|link comment||answered Oct 16 at 07:40 PSt Thomass New member|
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