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How to Use These and Those

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Use "this" when something is nearby.

Use "that" when something is a distance away. something is a distance away.

  • This book belongs to you.
  • That dog is asleep.
  • This shirt is mine.
  • That car is his.

"These" and "those" are the plural forms of "this" and "that".

  • These children have been reading all afternoon. (Meaning the ones in the same room)
  • These are mine.
  • Those children have been playing outside all day.
  • Those are yours.

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Tips

  • Think "Those" has an "O" as a dominate sound. That "o" stands for "over there" Use "those" for things "over there"