I’m aware that ‘this’ is used for a singular thing while ‘these’ is used for plural. However, I also see people who use the phrase ‘this two’ so I’m not sure which one’s correct.

  • Can you provide a sentence with this two, which you have come across anywhere? Aug 9, 2017 at 9:49
  • So are you or are you not aware what is correct? And if you are, then why would you wonder whether people who you know are wrong are right?
    – RegDwigнt
    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:55
  • @RegDwigнt I'm wondering if there's an instance where "this two" is more appropriate than "these two"
    – Erin L.
    Aug 9, 2017 at 12:16
  • Other than Vocoder's signage, either this pair or those two. Whoever downvoted that, it seems to me the only 'unreasonable' thing about the question would be if it belonged to ELL, not EL&U… which would be a bit of a slip, not any kind of problem. Aug 10, 2017 at 22:21

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"These two" is correct because two is a plural, as you say. The only sensible exception I can come up with is in a very specific verbal discussion.

A signwriter is having trouble deciding how to write a numeral, so he calls a colleague over.

"I'm trying to find way to make this price signage really eye-catching. So which do you prefer? This two," he asked, pointing to a curling, cursive numeral, "or that two?"


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