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What's the difference between “these” and “those”?

First of all, I'm not a native English speaker, but in school I learned that these is used if referring to something near, and those is used when referring to something far away (temporally or locally)...
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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: Too ...
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Are “this” and “next” demonstrative determiners?

Question 1: In the following, is this a demonstrative determiner: I will go to the store this week. Question 2: If so, then what class is next in the following: I will go to the store next week....
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why is the first sentence wrong out of the two given below?

*Her company is outperforming those of her competitors. *Her company is outperforming the companies of her competitors. The question is from a Manhattan GMAT book. It says there is lack of number ...
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Combining demonstrative and possessive pronoun

I know of at least one language (German, although it’s considered old-fashioned nowadays) where it’s possible to combine demonstrative and possessive pronoun: Diese deine Worte sind wahr. ...
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In answering a telephone call, why do you say “Who is this?” instead of “Who is that?”

On the telephone, the person answering it may say "Who is calling?" or "Who is this?" Why do you say "this" to the caller on the other end of the phone? Is is wrong to say "Who is that?"
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The difference between “it” and “he/she”

There seems to be a difference between these two pronouns besides the obvious one of animacy. I want to know if people agree or can point out the flaw in my thinking. I've been attempting to wrangle ...
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Is “that which” grammatical in the sentence “I have that which I should have told you summers ago”, and if so, how?

This is my first question although I have been reading you for a long time. My question is: can that which be used with the meaning of something? For me, that is a demonstrative pronoun, so you can ...
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“This boys hat”: Ambiguity of demonstative with possessive

A. [This boy]’s hat is cute. B. This [boys’ hat] is cute. In sentence A, "this" modifies "boy," and in sentence B, "this" modifies "boy's hat," as the brackets show. Questions What is ...
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Is it correct to say: These are not homework? [duplicate]

A teacher sent home a list of assignments with a cover letter explaining, "These are not homework." "This is not homework," or "These pages are not homework," sound equally normal to me, but "These ...
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Confused about When to Use “these” and “those” [duplicate]

Example #1 This site contains links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. NOTE: The links are on this site, but not on this page. The links are external links. Should I use these ...
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Genitive of this

Is there a genitive form of the word this in English? For example: The color of it -> Its color The color of this -> ?
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What does “screw up one eye” look like?

Here is a quote from Bertrand Russell's The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism. I have never met a personage so destitute of self-importance. He looks at his visitors very closely, and screws up one ...
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This vs That in usage with concepts [duplicate]

So, the question that's always been bugging me is: What is the proper usage of "This" and "That", not when it comes to objects or things, but when it comes to concepts. For example, there's a ...
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Parsing: “This judge's conclusion” — “this judge,” “this conclusion,” either? [closed]

What is the normal way to parse the following types of phrases? A. [this X]'s Y or B. this [X's Y] This man's opinion This girl's idea This judge's conclusion This politician's ...
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Tricky middle school pronoun case question

My younger sister is reviewing for an upcoming exam using quia, which her teacher suggested. She ran across the following question: Help me carry _______ boxes into the house. The options are '...
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Should I Use “These” Books or “Those” Books [duplicate]

On this site there are links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. Below on this page there are links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. Should I use these or ...
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“that of”, “those of”, and accuracy

I was writing something in a scientific context and came across this issue. (I have a feeling that I haven't searched the archive far enough and this might be a duplicate.) In a sentence like ...
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Demonstrative adjectives/pronouns

In the sentence 'Are those english newspapers?' the word 'those' is a demonstrative adjective or pronoun? My english book says that a demonstrative is an adjective if it is followed by a noun (like ...
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Should I Use “these” or “those” When I Refer to Something in the First Sentence?

I’ve posted 5 photos on my timeline. Have you seen these/those photos? You’ll love these/those photos! These/Those photos were taken in France. Should I use “these” or “those” when I refer to ...
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In grammar, what do we call this specific usage of “this”?

In spoken American English, often times people who are telling a story use the determiner "this" not as a demonstrative, but rather as a word that serves to emphasize the impact of something. Examples:...
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Does “this is Ken and Mike” make sense?

In a book I saw the caption "this is Ken and Mike". Should it be "these are Ken and Mike" since it is plural? Or is there a certain rule that I am unaware of? Thanks.
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Need explanation about demonstrative determiner

Does the demonstratives refer to the next word or previously mentioned statement? The medieval center is Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. An evening view of these illuminated landmarks is one ...
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What is the difference between “that” and “the” in this context?

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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What is the best word to describe a thing is large, complicated and intelligent? [closed]

I am writing a description for our product to present in a small demonstration next week. I've built a system that serves people to save time and utilize/optimize their work. I intend to write about ...
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Demonstrative Pronouns: This/That – Advanced Usage [duplicate]

When you learn about demonstrative pronouns, it seems like a really simple concept. This/these for nearby (physically, or with regards to time), that/those for distant things. Anywhere you go, online ...
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Should I use 'They' or 'These' here?

It's a test question from my daughter's English teacher. Here is the question. There are some other things for her birthday. ____ are apples, bananas and some toys. A. They B. These C. ...
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Which one's correct - “this two” or “these two”?

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.
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'They are' or 'These are'

Which sentence sounds more natural? These are first and foremost ethical, not medical questions. They are first and foremost ethical, not medical questions.
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Usage question about plural pronouns [closed]

Is there a great deal of difference in meaning between the following sentences? These looked very different. They looked very different. They seem the same to me, but perhaps I am wrong. ...
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“Is this genuine?” versus “Is that genuine?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably “How did I do this” or “how did I do that”? Since I'm French-Canadian, I have a hard ...