from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- pro. Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to them: The red house is theirs. If your car doesn't start, take theirs.
- pro. Usage Problem His or hers: brought his own lunch and expected everybody else to bring theirs. See Usage Notes at he1, they.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- pro. That which belongs to them; the possessive case of they, used without a following noun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See they.
Thus, in the example, "You may imagine what kind of faith theirs was," _theirs_ is a compound personal pronoun, equivalent to _their faith.
The five hundred dollars obviated that necessity, and it was _theirs_, too -- theirs by the way of remuneration for giving Dora a home -- theirs to spend as they pleased.
From the time they arrive they make the name theirs.
"They were but following the instincts of their savage natures," he used to observe; "and they were not ower weel pleased with the white men for hunting in the country which they call theirs, though it must be allowed they dinna make gude use of it."
Any institution or bureaucracy or official -- up to the Mayor and beyond -- will throw away Bronx kids as a matter of course when convenient or when what should be theirs is politically more useful if allocated elsewhere.
The Saxatones like to say theirs is the campus's "newest and hottest" coed group.
I think MetaCritic suffers from the possibility of too few reviews to lend any statistical weight to the average -- it's just that theirs is a much smaller window in which it occurs since films and TV garners so much more attention than books.
And, I admit, I had to try hard to imagine having the same generosity and natural grace of these two fishermen, who had stopped in the course of their work-day to share themselves; theirs is a treasure greater than diamonds or gold ... what's more, it is something they possess, deep inside, by the boat-load.
It's just a terrible twist of fate for Insane Clown Posse that theirs is a form of creative expression that millions of people find ridiculous.
I've been looking on the website and i've failed to figure out which rifle of theirs is the top of the line, superior model.