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    Default The names of 28 of "those" states are derived from native words.

    Hello.

    The USA is composed of fifty states. The names of 28 of those states are derived from native words.

    The USA is composed of fifty states. The names of 28 of the states are derived from native words.

    Which do you think sounds better?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: The names of 28 of "those" states are derived from native words.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    The USA is composed of fifty states. The names of 28 of those states are derived from native words.

    The USA is composed of fifty states. The names of 28 of the states are derived from native words.

    Which do you think sounds better?

    Thank you.

    I don't believe that one sounds better than the other. Using "those" sounds stronger - in some way. Maybe it's just because of the z sound and the voiced th combined. And, of course, "the" takes the weak form, of course. So essentially "the" is just a voiced th sound with no vowel, save for the schwa. There's not a lot of strength to that word - the.

    Those states

    The states

    If I had to really choose one of them, I don't think I could say I like the same one better all the time. It would depend on what mood I'm in. Sometimes I'm in a "the mood" and other times I'm in a "those mood".

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