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What is the best word to describe a thing is large, complicated and intelligent? [closed]

I am writing a description for our product to present in a small demonstration next week. I've built a system that serves people to save time and utilize/optimize their work. I intend to write about ...
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What are the determiners 'this/these/that/those' called when they are not demonstrative?

Consider the sentences That car, which has been on the supermarket parking lot for a week now, do you have any idea who it belongs to? where the car can actually be seen at a distance, and ...
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Does “this is Ken and Mike” make sense?

In a book I saw the caption "this is Ken and Mike". Should it be "these are Ken and Mike" since it is plural? Or is there a certain rule that I am unaware of? Thanks.
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“This boys hat”: Ambiguity of demonstative with possessive

A. [This boy]’s hat is cute. B. This [boys’ hat] is cute. In sentence A, "this" modifies "boy," and in sentence B, "this" modifies "boy's hat," as the brackets show. Questions What ...
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Usage question about plural pronouns [closed]

Is there a great deal of difference in meaning between the following sentences? These looked very different. They looked very different. They seem the same to me, but perhaps I am ...
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Genitive of this

Is there a genitive form of the word this in English? For example: The color of it -> Its color The color of this -> ?
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Demonstrative Pronouns: This/That – Advanced Usage [duplicate]

When you learn about demonstrative pronouns, it seems like a really simple concept. This/these for nearby (physically, or with regards to time), that/those for distant things. Anywhere you go, online ...
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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Tricky middle school pronoun case question

My younger sister is reviewing for an upcoming exam using quia, which her teacher suggested. She ran across the following question: Help me carry _______ boxes into the house. The options are ...
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Are “this” and “next” demonstrative determiners?

Question 1: In the following, is this a demonstrative determiner: I will go to the store this week. Question 2: If so, then what class is next in the following: I will go to the store next ...
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Confused about When to Use “these” and “those” [duplicate]

Example #1 This site contains links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. NOTE: The links are on this site, but not on this page. The links are external links. Should I use ...
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Should I Use “These” Books or “Those” Books [duplicate]

On this site there are links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. Below on this page there are links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. Should I use ...
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Should I Use “these” or “those” When I Refer to Something in the First Sentence?

I’ve posted 5 photos on my timeline. Have you seen these/those photos? You’ll love these/those photos! These/Those photos were taken in France. Should I use “these” or “those” when I refer to ...
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What does “screw up one eye” look like?

Here is a quote from Bertrand Russell's The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism. I have never met a personage so destitute of self-importance. He looks at his visitors very closely, and screws up ...
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“that of”, “those of”, and accuracy

I was writing something in a scientific context and came across this issue. (I have a feeling that I haven't searched the archive far enough and this might be a duplicate.) In a sentence like ...
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Need explanation about demonstrative determiner

Does the demonstratives refer to the next word or previously mentioned statement? The medieval center is Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. An evening view of these illuminated landmarks is ...
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“Is this genuine?” versus “Is that genuine?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably “How did I do this” or “how did I do that”? Since I'm French-Canadian, I have a ...
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“This” vs “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably I wanted to know the differences between this and that. When do you use one or the other? For example: ...
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What's the difference between “these” and “those”?

First of all, I'm not a native English speaker, but in school I learned that these is used if referring to something near, and those is used when referring to something far away (temporally or ...