For non-native English speakers, distinguishing between ‘they’ and ‘them’ can be troublesome. They find it quite difficult to use the right form between ‘they’ and ‘them’. Both of these are pronouns and are used in place of nouns or noun groups. These are used in place of a plural noun or noun groups in the third person. However, the main difference is that they are a subject pronoun and them is an object pronoun.
They are used to represent the doer of the action in a clause which as discussed earlier, is used with plural nouns. For example:
- They invited me for dinner.
- They were so kind to me.
- They went out to play and got injured.
It is also worth mentioning here that they are also used in place of a noun whose gender is not mentioned like a doctor. For example:
- One of the doctors were ill. They did not come to the clinic.
‘Them’ is used to referring the object pronoun in a sentence. For example:
- Julia gave presents to them.
- Them shades were quite nice.
The argument of 'them' and 'those' is also a burning issue, however, if the pronoun is to be used at the beginning of the sentence, those can be used.