their, theirs

Their is the possessive form of the pronoun they. Theirs is a possessive pronoun, the absolute form of their. Their is used to qualify a noun that follows: "their dog," "their car." Theirs is used in other constructions: "a dog of theirs," "all theirs." Their means "belonging to them" and should be kept distinct from there and they're. Their is never written with an apostrophe (theirs, not their's). See also they.

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  • theirs — See their, theirs …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • their — See their, theirs See their, there, they re, there s …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Their — Their, pron. & a. [OE. thair, fr. Icel. [thorn]eirra, [thorn]eira, of them, but properly gen. pl. of the definite article; akin to AS. [eth][=a]ra, [eth][=ae]ra, gen. pl. of the definite article, or fr. AS. [eth][=ae]ra, influenced by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • theirs — [therz] pron. [ME theires < theyr (see THEIR) + es by analogy with his,HIS] that or those belonging to them: the possessive form of THEY, used without a following noun, often after of [ that house is theirs; theirs are better; I am a friend of …   English World dictionary

  • their — W1S1 [ðə strong ðeə $ ðər strong ðer] determiner [possessive form of they ] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old Norse; Origin: theirra theirs ] 1.) belonging to or connected with people or things that have already been mentioned ▪ They washed their faces and …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • their — c.1200, from O.N. þierra, gen. of þeir they (see THEY (Cf. they)). Replaced O.E. hiera. Use with singular objects, scorned by grammarians, is attested from c.1300. Theirs (c.1300) is a double possessive. Alternative form theirn (1836) is attested …   Etymology dictionary

  • their — strong,; strong, determiner (possessive form of they) 1 of or belonging to them: They washed their faces and went to bed. | The twins spend all their time together. 2 used to avoid saying his or her after words like anyone , no one , everyone etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • theirs — /dhairz/, pron. 1. a form of the possessive case of they used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun: Are you a friend of theirs? It is theirs. 2. (used after an indefinite singular antecedent in place of the definite masculine… …   Universalium

  • THEIRS — poss.pron. the one or ones belonging to or associated with them (it is theirs; theirs are over here). Phrases and idioms: of theirs of or belonging to them (a friend of theirs). Etymology: ME f. THEIR …   Useful english dictionary

  • theirs — possessive pronoun used to refer to something belonging to or associated with two or more people or things previously mentioned. Origin ME: from their + s3. Usage There is no need for an apostrophe: the spelling is theirs not their s …   English new terms dictionary

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