Of them x Their: Qual é a diferença?

igorrnunes 35
Sempre tive curiosidade de saber qual a diferença entre 'of them' e 'their'.
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PPAULO 59030 6 45 1055
It is their dog (their - possessive meaning that the dog is of both of them).
Meaning "deles" (possession), something owned by them.

VW and Microsoft put their heads together in the digital cloud. (VW e Micrososof estão unindo esforços para, em conjunto, desenvolver projetos na nuvem digital)
So, "their" mean both heads, "it´s inclusive" the heads of two or more people, here the "heads" (minds) of the two organizations.
Parts of body are something we think in terms of possession: I have two arm, a head, a nose...

Marcio has many friends, John is one of them.
[it´s exclusionary, restrictive - I single out John, of all friends.]. In Portuguese would be deles, meaning DELES.
["Deles" aqui sendo a contração da preposição "de" com o pronome pessoal "ele" (no plural).]
igorrnunes 35
Não entendi a parte do 'of them', poderia explicar de outra forma?
PPAULO 59030 6 45 1055
Okay, let´s change tack: “theirs” is a possessive pronoun, period. It´s already understood.

Of them –

We have to keep in mind that “them”, in this case, is used to refer to an object or clause described beforehand, as in “I’ve bought some apples. I’ll put them on the table.”

So, in “Marcio has many friends, John is one of them. “ THEM – is used to referring to “Marcio has many friends”, them is the object of “have” there. “OF” would be a preposition that was added to it, a preposition indicating a possessive connection.