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‘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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