Stop Embarrassing Yourself, See the Differences Between This and These |
Some people don't actually know the differences between This and These.
We use this and these most commonly to point to things and people that are close to the speaker or writer, or things that are happening now. For example
-Shall I use this knife here? [pointing to something]
This is used to describe a singular countable noun and these is used with plural countable nouns. A countable noun has a plural form such as books, girls, boys, toys, etc. For example we say a book but six books or many books or some books or a few books. A non-countable noun has no plural form. To illustrate the use of the words “this” and “these”, consider the following sentences.
This and these are demonstratives, which means they indicate a specific noun in a sentence. The two words are similar because they refer to nouns that are near in space and time. This is used with singular or uncountable nouns (i.e. this egg or this music). These refers to plural nouns (i.e. these cookies). When the noun is omitted after this and these, they become pronouns (i.e. turn this off when you leave).
Generally THIS refers to a single thing (this pencil, this box of pencils) while THESE refers to multiples of things (these pencils, these boxes of pencils).
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