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Henmi



Joined: 26 Apr 2003
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Location: Japan

PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:36 am    Post subject: someone.........them? Reply with quote

Hello
This is an explanation for " The knives are out", but I can't understand
why "them" is used.

If a lot of people want something unpleasant to happen to someone,
for example if they want them to lose their job, you can say that
the knives are out for the person.

I think "them" and " their" refer to someone.
Is "them" used instead of "him or her"?

Thank you.
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Zanthrick



Joined: 31 Mar 2003
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Location: IA, USA

PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2003 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, often "them" and "their" replace "him/her" and "his/her."
While it is not technically correct, everyone is use to it since for many it's smoother when the gender is unknown.
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Corey



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2003 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When people say "the knives are out" it generally means that a group of people are just about to do something (generally bad) to someone. So yes, you are correct.
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