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|
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||answered Oct 16 '15 at 07:40 PSt Thomass New member|
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