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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    them; theirs

    I read this sentence:

    "Here are my parents (the two on the left) with some friends of theirs."

    I don't understand why "theirs" was used. Why didn't the speaker use "them" instead? Is it incorrect?


    • Join Date: Aug 2005
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    Re: them; theirs

    Hi,
    Some friends of theirs means some of their friends. As you can see, theirs is a possessive pronoun used for them. In English, instead of saying one of my/her/his/our/your/their friends, we say a friend of mine/hers/his/ours/yours/theirs. So in the senternce "Here are my parents with some friends of theirs", we have to use theirs instead of them to show possession, so to speak. Using 'them" would make the sentence very confusing.

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    Re: them; theirs

    Quote Originally Posted by Raguilli View Post
    Hi,
    Some friends of theirs means some of their friends. As you can see, theirs is a possessive pronoun used for them. In English, instead of saying one of my/her/his/our/your/their friends, we say a friend of mine/hers/his/ours/yours/theirs. So in the senternce "Here are my parents with some friends of theirs", we have to use theirs instead of them to show possession, so to speak. Using 'them" would make the sentence very confusing.

    Aha... thank you!

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