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comment “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
reference/citation/more general rule?
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comment “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
Haha! Yes, it seems to also emphasize as well (by the implied physical/temporal proximity), like it's showing how important the example (in the case above) is, when it's not necessarily. Of course non-native speakers will be harder to read such subtleties of intention from if only for the cultural differences in thinking.
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revised Is “auditory aid” correct when talking about helping someone through audio signals?
stated country of reference, since other answer was for the UK
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answered Is “auditory aid” correct when talking about helping someone through audio signals?
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comment “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
Oh, I see, how then would I find them? I searched multiple times before posting! I tried "+this +that" and " 'this' 'that' " even!
Jul
18
comment “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
Your answer is useful. I tried to download the episode of the show I thought it was, but their server is down or something. Indeed, if there is more than one action spoken of as well, it becomes ambiguous rather quickly. The speaker could even have said "leave and go foraging and gathering for…" !
Jul
18
comment “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
After referencing multiple dictionaries, I suppose I'm inclined to agree with you. One should always have more than one good language reference on hand. It seems 'this' is acceptable since it was 'immediately' discussed before using the phrase even though we're just talking about speech. Certainly 'that' would seem to work too, since what is being discussed isn't immediate, just the conversation. The speaker was non-native, as well, and I think I hear this more with mainland Europeans than people here in the U.S. that contributes to the 'off' feeling I get when I hear the phrase said.
Jul
18
accepted “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
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comment “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
Hi Andrew, I added a question about the differences (as opposed to just correctness). The phrase just rang strangely in my ears, perhaps because I think of 'this' as something that can be shown or held or tangibly shared. The speaker was referring to something that he had observed, he wasn't pointing at a picture, or to people actually doing the activity he described, he was merely recounting it.
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revised “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
added further inquiry
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asked “… things like this.” vs. “… things like that.”
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