The plural of he, she, or it. They is never used adjectively, but always as a pronoun proper, and sometimes refers to persons without an antecedent expressed.
- Used to refer to the ones previously mentioned or implied.
- Usage Problem Used to refer to the one previously mentioned or implied, especially as a substitute for generic he: Every person has rights under the law, but they don't always know them. See Usage Note at he1.
- Used to refer to people in general.
- Used to refer to people in general as seen in a position of authority.