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What is the correct usage of "those" and "them"?
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towel green 453'in them days'

ungrammatical, but typical of speech patterns in some less-educated segments of society.

towel green 453'in those days'

Standard English.

The logic here is a bit faulty. "Them" is not an elliptic form of "them papers." Instead, "them" becomes a substitute embodying the entire phrase "those papers."

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I was rudely corrected for referring to “those boys” instead of saying “them boys”. I never forgot it, but I also knew I didn’t want to be like that person and make someone feel embarrassed. Tact goes a long way in my book.
grape guava 260I was rudely corrected for referring to “those boys” instead of saying “them boys”.

Are you sure it wasn't the other way round?

I can't think of a case where 'them boys' is correct, but 'those boys' is quite common and correct.

All the instances of 'them boys' I've found online are quotations of dialect, not standard English.

CJ