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    Them vs. They

    On finding a group of items, which is correct:

    this is them or this is they

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    #2

    Re: Them vs. They

    I wouldn't say either.

    "Oh, here they are!"
    "Oh, these are the ones we're looking for!"

    [not a teacher]


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    #3

    Re: Them vs. They

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    On finding a group of items, which is correct:

    this is them or this is they
    None are correct

    "These are them" is the correct choice.


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    Re: Them vs. They

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    On finding a group of items, which is [correct]appropriate:

    this is them or this is they
    In addition to Barb's and Naamplao's collocations, a group of things can also be described by,

    "This is them.


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    Re: Them vs. They

    Hello!

    I would only like to add my own experience:
    Both them and they can be used but with different verb suffix:

    1. It is them who is coming. (more common)
    2. It is they who are coming. (high English)

    Just for another example:
    1. It is me who is to blame.
    2. It is I who am to blame.

    Both of the senteces mean pretty much the same, but the second ones refer to a higher standard of speaking English.

    Best regards,
    Balázs.

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