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OVERVIEW OF PRONOUN THEY

1. those people, animals, or things.
They dance very well. They both played on the football team. They are thinking of getting a pet. What are they doing?

2 . used to refer to people in a general way or to a group of people who are not specified. You know what they say: you only live once. They say it will be a mild winter. [meaning people who predict the weather say that it will be a mild winter] She’s as hardworking as they come. [meaning she’s extremely hardworking] They will be holding the graduation outdoors if the weather permits. They took away his license.

3. he or she. — used to refer to a single person whose sex is not known or specified Everyone can go if they want to.


they (Wikipedia)
This article is about the English personal pronoun. For other uses, see They (disambiguation).

They /ð/ is the third-person plural personal pronoun (subjective case) in Modern English. It can also be used with singular meaning, particularly in informal contexts, sometimes to avoid specifying the gender of the person referred to.

Personal pronouns in standard Modern English
Person (gender) Subject Object Possessive determiner Possessive pronoun Reflexive
Singular
First I me my mine myself
Second you your yours yourself
Third Masculine he him his himself
Feminine she her hers herself
Neuter it its itself
Plural
First we us our ours ourselves
Second you your yours yourselves
Third they them their theirs themselves
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