Them vs. Then

By Jaxson

  • Them (pronoun)

    Objective case of they: third personal plural pronoun used after a preposition or as the object of a verb.

    “Give it to them. (after preposition)”

    “She wrote them a letter. (indirect object)”

    “She treated them for a cold. (direct object)”

  • Them (pronoun)

    Objective case of they: third-person singular pronoun used after a preposition or as the object of a verb.

    “If someone comes and asks for the ticket, just give it to them. (after preposition)”

    “If one of my patients calls, please bring them their dinner. (indirect object)”

    “If a student has an inappropriate question, whatever you do, do not berate them. (direct object)”

  • Them (determiner)


    “Them kids need to grow up.”

  • Then (adverb)

    At that time.

    “He was happy then.”

  • Then (adverb)

    Soon afterward.

    “He fixed it, then left.”

    “Turn left, then right, then right again, then keep going until you reach the service station.”

  • Then (adverb)

    Next in order; in addition.

    “There are three green ones, then a blue one.”

  • Then (adverb)

    In that case.

    “If it’s locked, then we’ll need the key.”

    “Is it 12 o’clock already? Then it’s time for me to leave.”

    “You don’t like potatoes? What do you want me to cook, then?”

  • Then (adverb)

    At the same time; on the other hand.

    “That’s a nice shirt, but then, so is the other one.”

  • Then (adverb)

    Used to contradict an assertion.

  • Then (adjective)

    Being so at that time.

  • Then (noun)

    That time

    “It will be finished before then.”

  • Then (conjunction)

    obsolete spelling of than

  • Then (adverb)

    at that time; at the time in question

    “he accepted a peerage from the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath”

    “Phoebe by then was exhausted”

    “I was living in Cairo then”

  • Then (adverb)

    after that; next; afterwards

    “she won the first and then the second game”

  • Then (adverb)

    also; in addition

    “I’m paid a generous salary, and then there’s the money I’ve made at the races”

  • Then (adverb)

    in that case; therefore

    “if you do what I tell you, then there’s nothing to worry about”

    “well, that’s okay then”

  • Then (adverb)

    used at the end of a sentence to emphasize an inference being drawn

    “so you’re still here then”

  • Then (adverb)

    used to finish off a conversation

    “see you in an hour then”

Oxford Dictionary

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