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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthemthem1 /ðəm; strong ðem/ ●●● S1 W1 pronoun [object form of ‘they’]  1 THINGPERSON/PEOPLEused to refer to two or more people or things that have already been mentioned or are already known about Has anyone seen my keys? I can’t find them anywhere. The police were very helpful when I spoke to them. I lent him several books, but he hasn’t read any of them.2 PERSON/PEOPLEused when talking about someone who may be male or female, to avoid saying ‘him or her’ If anyone phones, tell them I’ll be back later.
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themCareful with those dishes. Don't break them.If anyone calls, tell them I'll be back around 5.They looked a little tired when I saw them last week.
themthem2 /ðem/ determiner spoken  THINGPERSON/PEOPLEused to mean ‘those’. Many people think this use is incorrect I couldn’t understand all them long words.
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themI couldn't understand all them big words.