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these vs. those

these vs. those: What's the difference?

These is the plural of this—it’s used to point out things nearby. Those is the plural of that—it refers to things that aren’t right nearby. For example: Review these files, the ones here on my desknot those over there. Both words can also indicate proximity in time, as in These last few years have been difficult, but those early years were much harder.

[ theez ]
pronoun, adjective
  1. plural of this.
[ thohz ]
pronoun, adjective
  1. plural of that.

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