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"their" is from "theirra" (belonging to them), spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.


Theirs can refer to a person, people or things mentioned in an earlier sentence or at an earlier time as well as earlier in the same sentence. Theirs refers to who or what is being talked about.

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"theirs" is a type of small common word

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theirs illustration Modification of the meaning of an earlier word. Limits meaning to that related to person(s) or thing(s) mentioned earlier. Created to clarify the meaning of a statement. Can refer to anything being talked about.

Examples of how the word is used

theirs illustration Uncle Clarence, Aunt Liz, and a friend of theirs and I went to a restaurant. (limits "friend")
theirs illustration How do they tell which bus is theirs? (limits "bus")