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What is the difference between these two sentences:

In that third week of November, I started school.

and

In the third week of November, I started school.

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It's about context.

In that third week of November, I started school.

means that something else happened in that third week of November. You are referring to a specific moment/event that happened in the past.

For instance:

I'd been in labor for 7 days before my first son was born. In that third week of November, I started school.

While

In the third week of November, I started school.

means you started school in the third week of November of the year you're talking about, which if cannot be thought out by context is usually the most recent November.

  • Is "in the third week of that November" more accurate than "in that third week of November"? – math Jun 17 '18 at 3:56
  • @math No. The only difference is that that is a demonstrative pronoun. It refers back to something that was mentioned in a previous sentence you haven't supplied. But if there' isn't a previous sentence that provides context, then using that in a standalone sentence is actually ungrammatical. – Jason Bassford Jun 17 '18 at 3:59
  • I think you'd meant to write I'd been in labor for 7 days . . . – Jason Bassford Jun 17 '18 at 4:00

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