Everyone thinks they are right about this issue.
An example of they is someone saying that a group of people are standing at a bus stop, "They are standing at the bus stop."
Every person has rights under the law, but they don't always know them.
They say it's a good place to live.
They didn't have computers in the old days.
They should do something about this.
They have a lot of snow in winter.
They say it's so.
Fred and Jane? They just arrived.
I have a car and a truck, but they are both broken."
Origin of they
- Middle English from Old Norse their masculine pl. demonstrative and personal pron. to- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Cognate to Old English Ã¾Ä (“those") (whence Modern English tho), Scots thae, thai, thay (“they; those"), Icelandic Ã¾eir (“they"), Faroese teir (“they"), Swedish de (“they"), Danish de (“they"), Norwegian de (“they"), Norwegian Nynorsk dei (“they"), and German die (“the; those", plural article and pronoun). See also tho.
- The term was borrowed by Middle English (as they, thei) in the 1200s from Old Norse Ã¾eir, the nominative plural masculine of the demonstrative sÃ¡, which acted in Old Norse as a plural pronoun. The Norse term derives from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾ai (“those"), from Proto-Indo-European *to- (“that"). It gradually replaced Old English hÄ« and hÄ«e (“they").
- The term has been used as a singular pronoun since at least the 1400s.