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Using “that” and “this” interchangeably

Learning and using English I'm always confused about what word to use for referring to things that have been described by me a few sentences earlier: "that" or "this". Confusion comes from the fact ...
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“that” or “this”

I know a trivial difference of "that" and "this" uses. Such as the difference between "this chair" and "that chair". But I don't understand one case. When one person is coming into a room and another ...
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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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“In that case” vs “in this case” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably Imagine a dialog: Me: Can I have a Guinness, please? Bartender: We run out of Guinness, mate. ...
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“… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”

Yesterday on talk radio an interviewee speaking about Sudanese Northerner's being forced into the mountains and away from their farmlands by the Sudanese Army said the result was: The men would ...
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In non-spatial contexts, when should I use “this” versus “that”?

I'm always quite confused to choose which word should I put in the sentence like this/that :) That/This is not a problem at all. To be or not to be, this/that is the question. I know which one I ...
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What is the difference between “this” and “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably Is there a clear delineation between the usages of 'this' and 'that' in American English? ...
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“This paper” vs “That paper” in an abstract

I'm writing an absctract for a paper. In Portuguese we write esse trabalho (that paper) to indicate that the paper is near the person that we are adressing. We use este trabalho (this paper) to ...
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Should I write “calling himself in this/that way” here?

In my text I am trying to say, that it is not clear what intentions the person had, by calling themselves in a certain way (let's say Foobar). My question is should I use "calling himself this way" ...
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“At this time” vs “At that time”

Is it acceptable to use "at this time" when referring to a specific point in time in the past? While in the process of telling a story, for example, that happens completely in the past? To me it just ...
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Difference between “this” and “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.” I have two sentences for both this and that. This is what bothers me: we have no time to ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase “pay attention” with “that”?

Is it correct to say "Pay attention that..."? or must I use "Pay attention to..." For example: "An attention should be paid that this is a one-way street".
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What is the difference between “happy to hear that” and “happy to hear this”?

Let's say I've sold a product to a customer. A bit later the costumer tells me "wow, this is fantastic". Now, do I better answer with "Thanks, I am glad to hear that" or "Thanks, I am glad to hear ...
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“this way” vs “that way” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably When should I use "this way" or "that way"? Is there any difference between these two when they used in a sentences? More ...
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This is right. Or that is right? [duplicate]

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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Could I use 'this' to introduce a person? [closed]

Which of the sentences below are correct? This’s my best friend, William. Those’re my classmates, James and Harry. That’s my teacher, Mrs Wilson. UPDATE: I just took an exam. The correct ...
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This, that and it for non-material objects [duplicate]

The question is not about how to use "this, that, it" with material objects, but how to use them with non-material ones? I don't understand (it, that, this) yet. For example: I go to a gym every ...
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How can I explain a word used in a previous sentence?

I am defining a "thing" with an adjective. Example: X is a small y. Then I want to give a clean and simple explanation for the adjective small --because it can mean several things and I want to ...
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When to use “this” or “that”?

It is 10 cm on the map. That is 100 km in real terms. I am proofreading and it seems odd that the writer always uses that in these cases. I would have said this. Who is right and who is ...
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“To this end” or “To that end”

Is there a usage note for choosing between these two phrases? Nothing in Garner. And I've seen it both ways. Example: To that end, we propose the following compromise. or To this end, we ...
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“Then this” vs “Then that” [duplicate]

I have the following paragraph: We often write hundreds of lines of code to express simple concepts. This code takes time to develop and maintain - and if you’re writing tests, then that time ...
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When to use “this" and when to use “that”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably What is the difference? What do you think about that? What do you think about this? What is the grammar rule about using this ...
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That vs This in uncommon contexts

I can see the difference between "this" / "that" in most common contexts. There are a couple of unusual ones, though, that are still pretty unclear to me. Here are some of them: 1.A friend of ...