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‘Their’ as a determiner

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Their’ as a determiner.


Their faces were painted in stripes of white and yellow.

From ‘King Solomon’s Mines’, by H. Rider Haggard.


I caught at times scraps of their conversation across the room.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


He was without any question their pleasantest acquaintance in Bath.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


Their attention was suddenly drawn to the window, by the sound of a carriage.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


His wits had quickly returned as soon as he saw the twinkle of their lights.

From ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien.


They asked me to take it on trust and put myself unreservedly in their hands.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


Not a syllable passed aloud. They all waited in silence for the appearance of their visitor.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


Mr Bingley and his sisters came to give their personal invitation for the long-expected ball at Netherfield.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


Reserved people often really need the frank discussion of their sentiments and griefs more than the expansive.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


She could see how seldom they spoke to each other, and how formal and cold was their manner whenever they did.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


Their other engagements were few, as the style of living in the neighbourhood in general was beyond Mr Collins’s reach.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


When Oliver walked softly into a room, the mice would scamper across the floor, and run back terrified to their holes.

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens.


They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


Brave as the Boers undoubtedly are, there is no military feat within their power which is not equally possible to the British soldier.

From ‘The Great Boer War’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


“The housekeeper had taken her to the dairy, told her all about their cows, and given her the recipe for a famous cream cheese.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

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From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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