What is an alternative expression to "this"? As in:

Medicine is very important. This can be ascertained from the fact that...

I'm looking for a "synonym".

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    In this case, you can probably just use "Medicine is very important, as can be ascertained from the fact that..." However, depending on how long the part after the ... is, it may be unwieldy.
    – Nathan G.
    Feb 24, 2011 at 23:24
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    If it appeals to you, skip the synonym and let the context work for you. "Medicine is very important. Consider the fact that..."
    – Fixee
    Feb 25, 2011 at 1:44
  • The importance of medicine can be ascertained by the fact that...
    – Lambie
    Jul 18, 2019 at 19:48

4 Answers 4


There do exist alternatives:

Medicine is very important. Such can be ascertained from the fact that...

Medicine is very important. As much can be ascertained from the fact that...

Medicine is very important. That be ascertained from the fact that...

Medicine is very important. So obvious a conclusion can be ascertained from the fact that...

And so on. Be creative, don't let yourself be boxed in by a single word.

  • I wasn't looking for a single word, that's why I asked for an alternative expression. I like such. Thanks. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:31
  • I don't think any of these alternatives is any clearer than a simple "this", and #4 is pretentiously verbose. Feb 26, 2011 at 18:21
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    @David Rivers: I agree. The point, as I see it, is what does one do when one gets tired of using the demonstrative pronoun? And I might point out that by labeling these possible constructions alternative I was not implying that they were better.
    – Robusto
    Feb 26, 2011 at 20:08
  • One thing about purely “function” words is that they usually don’t have synonyms the way noun and verbs, or adjectives and adverbs, do. Look back at the previous sentence and notice which words are irreplaceable.
    – tchrist
    Feb 21, 2013 at 5:26

Oh dear, I don't think there exists any word close enough to be considered a synonym. The closest words would be "that" and "it", but they do not fit in with the rest of your example very well. I can think of a few ways to rephrase your example:

Medicine is very important, which can be ascertained from...

Medicine is very important. The fact that ... proves its importance.

Why exactly do you want to do away with this "this"? It looks fine in your example. A bit more context (purpose?) might get you better suggestions. Is this a real sentence, or just an example?

  • I'm already using "This" in nearby sentences, that's why I wanted to vary. :) I like your suggestions. Thanks. Feb 25, 2011 at 7:32

The most succinct way that I can conjure to rephrase your connected pair of statements would convert the second statement into a dependent clause of the first. E.g.:

Medicine is very important, as proved by...


Flip the sentence around: There exist many fatal diseases in the world which are curable and why medicine is very important.

Much better.

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    Except the your version of the sentence makes less sense. Jul 18, 2019 at 18:12
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    It's ungrammatical. Jul 18, 2019 at 18:19
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    – Mitch
    Jul 18, 2019 at 18:27
  • @Mitch Unh-Unh L'état, c'est moi. [Do I dare say it? This is a joke]
    – Lambie
    Jul 18, 2019 at 19:51

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