Dem {determiner/pronoun/suffix (s)}
this means: "them", "themselves", "those", "they", "their", or suffix "s" in world English.


Note: in world English to make most nouns plural you simply add suffix "s" right at the end of the word. However, in Jamaican Creole that suffix "s" becomes dem as illustrated below:
Pluralization of nouns in world English:
  • Girl — girls
  • Boy — boys
  • Daige — daiges
  • Oan — oans
  • People — peoples
Pluralization of nouns in Jamaican Creole:
  • Gyal — gyaldem
  • Bwai — bwaidem
  • Daige — daigedem
  • Oan — oandem
  • Piipl — piipldem

Di laas gobament neba bild heni nyuu infaschroksha laik dem seh dem go duh bifuo ilekshan, ahn dem neba impruuv di libn standaad fi skuul tildren ahn yunivoersiti schuudentdem. Aal dem duh dey jus taak ahn taak bot duh notn a aal.

The last government never built any new infrastructure like they said they would do before elections, and they never improved the living standards for school children and university students. All they do is just talk and talk but do nothing at all.

Dem dey rait deh. Yu si dem yeah?

They are right there. Do you see them?
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