Definition for those (2 of 2)
pronoun, plural those.
adjective, plural those.
Origin of that
The relative pronoun that is sometimes omitted. Its omission as a subject is usually considered nonstandard, but the construction is heard occasionally even from educated speakers: A fellow ( that ) lives near here takes people rafting. Most often it is as an object that the relative pronoun is omitted. The omission almost always occurs when the dependent clause begins with a personal pronoun or a proper name: The mechanic ( that ) we take our car to is very competent. The films ( that ) Chaplin made have become classics. The omission of the relative pronoun as in the two preceding examples is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
13. The conjunction that, which introduces a noun clause, is, like the relative pronoun that, sometimes omitted, often after verbs of thinking, saying, believing, etc.: She said ( that ) they would come in separate cars. He dismissed the idea ( that ) he was being followed. As with the omission of the relative pronoun, the omission of the conjunction almost always occurs when the dependent clause begins with a personal pronoun or with a proper name. This omission of the conjunction that occurs most frequently in informal speech and writing, but it is a stylistic option often chosen in more formal speech and writing.
Examples from the Web for those
As a means of preventing tooth decay in those cities that do fluoridate, the practice certainly looks like a success.
But since those rosy scenarios were first floated, the California political scene has grown more crowded.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.
Interesting that those who sat in judgment of him found those two sets of beliefs to be incompatible.
To those who agreed with him, Bush pledged that the law against same-sex marriage would remain intact.
Let us smile at the heavy seriousness of those who suppose that this man meant everything he said.Philosophy and The Social Problem|Will Durant
The outlines were more rugged and varied than those of Samoa, and the growth of bush was certainly more luxuriant.Stevenson's Shrine|Laura Stubbs
Words over the wire never sounded better to the frightened boy than those words.The Mountain Divide|Frank H. Spearman
The boys, and those in the room, caught a glimpse of the old miner as he hurried past the window after the gambler.Two Boy Gold Miners|Frank V. Webster
To do him justice he was a well-built lad, and those who had seen him out on the river knew he could pull a good oar.The Eight-Oared Victors|Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for those (1 of 2)
Word Origin for those
British Dictionary definitions for those (2 of 2)
determiner (used before a singular noun)
- used preceding a noun that has been mentioned at some time or is understoodthat idea of yours
- (as pronoun)don't eat that; that's what I mean
- used preceding a noun that denotes something more remote or removedthat dress is cheaper than this one; that building over there is for sale
- (as pronoun)that is John and this is his wife; give me that Compare this
- with ease; effortlesslyhe gave me the answer just like that
- of such a nature, character, etche paid for all our tickets — he's like that
- to be precise
- in other words
- for example
Word Origin for that
Word Origin and History for those (1 of 2)
Midlands and southern variant of Old English þas, nominative and accusative plural of þes, þeos "this" (see this).
Word Origin and History for those (1 of 2)
Old English þæt, neuter singular of the demonstrative pronoun and adjective (corresponding to masc. se, fem. seo), from Proto-Germanic *that, from PIE *tod-, extended form of demonstrative pronomial base *to- (cf. Sanskrit ta-, Lithuanian and Old Church Slavonic to, Greek to "the," Latin talis "such"). Cf. the.
Emerged c.1200 as a demonstrative adjective with the breakdown of the Old English grammatical gender system, perhaps by influence of French and Latin, which had demonstrative adjectives (Old English did not). Slang that way "in love" first recorded 1929. That-a-way is recorded from 1839. "Take that!" said while delivering a blow, is recorded from early 15c.
Idioms and Phrases with those (1 of 2)
see just one of those things; one of those days.
Idioms and Phrases with those (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with that
- that ain't hay
- that does it
- that is
- that makes two of us
- that will do
- all's well that ends well
- all that
- all that glitters is not gold
- and all (that)
- as far as that goes
- at that point
- at this (that) rate
- at this (that) stage
- be that as it may
- bite the hand that feeds you
- cross a (that) bridge
- for that matter
- game that two can play
- how about that
- how does that grab you
- how's that
- in order (that)
- in that
- is that a fact
- it (that) figures
- just like that
- just the (that's the) ticket
- last straw (that breaks)
- like that
- look like the cat that ate the canary
- not all that
- not built that way
- now that
- on condition that
- on the chance (that)
- powers that be
- put that in your pipe
- seeing that
- ships that pass in the night
- so that
- suffice it to say that
- tear (that tears) it
- this and that
- to that effect
- when it comes to (that)
- would that
- you can say that again