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    • them vs. theirs

    Hi!
    I read the following in a TOEIC book:

    “Question 112. Since the company had so many unsold products from last year, they had to sell ____ at a hugely discounted rate.

    A. they
    B. their
    C. theirs
    D. them

    (Answer: D)” ((Mozilge TOEIC, Book 5, Test 6))

    I agree with the above book that D is correct, but I don’t understand why C isn’t.
    Don’t you think that C [theirs = their products] IS ALSO correct?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: • them vs. theirs

    Quote Originally Posted by niue View Post
    Hi!
    I read the following in a TOEIC book:

    “Question 112. Since the company had so many unsold products from last year, they had to sell ____ at a hugely discounted rate.

    A. they
    B. their
    C. theirs
    D. them

    (Answer: D)” ((Mozilge TOEIC, Book 5, Test 6))

    I agree with the above book that D is correct, but I don’t understand why C isn’t.
    Don’t you think that C [theirs = their products] IS ALSO correct?
    Thanks in advance.
    No, it's not correct. Consider this: "I've just read your question, and I'd like to answer yours/it." Do you see that 'yours' is not right, even though it does refer to 'your question', and that it should be 'it'.
    Another example: Company A had to sell their products, and company B had to sell theirs/them as well." In this case, only 'theirs' works.

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