Here's the full sentence:

Sarah was upset that someone other than they two knew where the treasure was.

I don't even know how to phrase this question, but the phrase in italic sounds wrong and I don't know what it is that is wrong. I've tried to enter this phrase into Google and noting pops up to kind of direct my research. Is this correct, and if it isn't, what's the best way to rewrite this sentence?

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    “Those two” would be good.
    – Xanne
    May 19 at 19:18
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    @Xanne The intention is to create a reflexive; Sarah was upset that she and the other person were not the only ones with the said information.
    – user191110
    May 19 at 19:30
  • It's a bit old fashioned, that's all, and maybe a bit literary, but no harm in that. "“If they two are in heaven?” Quick was the little Maid's reply,. “O Master! we are seven.” “But they are dead; those two are dead! Their spirits are in heaven!” - We are Seven (poem, 1798) by William Wordsworth May 19 at 20:33
  • We too are one was considered a viable punning album title in the 1980s by the Eurythmics. May 19 at 20:36
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    Sarah was upset that someone else knew where the treasure was. May 19 at 21:03

"Someone other than they two" does not seem to me to be idiomatic at all. It is not found in the books. (ngram)

However, the suggestion that has been made in the comments (those two) does not appear to have the quality of being the perfectly neutral wording that appears to be needed. I'd suggest something else: "other than the two of them".

  • Sarah was upset that someone other than the two of them knew where the treasure was.

(ref.) Deborah Cooke — 'Were there any Pyr in DC other than the two of them? No! It couldn't be! Raffery spun again, but Thorolf was keeping a wary distance.


It is not grammatically wrong, but it is rather awkward. I think most native speakers would say something like

Sarah was upset that someone other than the two of them knew where the treasure was

  • You've just duplicated what the other answer has already suggested, except with less explanation.
    – ColleenV
    May 27 at 19:37
  • Thank you, @ColleenV, that is very helpful.
    – Malvolio
    May 27 at 20:10
  • Well I thought it was more helpful than downvoting without comment. What is the point of repeating exactly what someone else has already answered?
    – ColleenV
    May 27 at 20:27

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