One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘These’ or ‘those’?
These/those are the plural forms of this/that, and behave in the same way. As a determiner this is used to identify a specific person or thing close at hand or being experienced. As a determiner that refers to the more distant of two things near to the speaker, or to a specific thing previously mentioned.
For example, in context of the sentence:
Sonny has many qualities worth recognizing, and the purpose of this letter is to point out two of [these/those] qualities.
these would be best.
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