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    This many / These many

    Are these correct? If not, why? What do they mean?
    1. I haven't seen this many people out in a long time. (If this is okay, why? 'this' doesn't agree with 'many people' though?)
    2. I haven't seen these many people out in a long time. (What does this mean?)

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    Re: This many / These many

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Are these correct? If not, why? What do they mean?
    1. I haven't seen this many people out in a long time. (If this is okay, why? 'this' doesn't agree with 'many people' though?)
    2. I haven't seen these many people out in a long time. (What does this mean?)

    Thanks.

    Jack, why do you want to use "this/these", wouldn't it be correct just to say
    "I haven't seen many people out....."
    Sorry but I cannot understand the usage of these/this here, do you want to emphasize?

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    Maeve


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    Re: This many / These many

    Originally Posted by jack
    Are these correct? If not, why? What do they mean?
    1. I haven't seen this many people out in a long time. (If this is okay, why? 'this' doesn't agree with 'many people' though?)
    2. I haven't seen these many people out in a long time. (What does this mean?)

    Thanks.




    Jack, why do you want to use "this/these", wouldn't it be correct just to say
    "I haven't seen many people out....."
    Sorry but I cannot understand the usage of these/this here, do you want to emphasize?

    Regards,
    Maeve

    Hi Jack! I haven't seen this many people out in a long time. "This many" is the same as "this amount" of people. Plus - "I haven't seen many people out" doesn't have the same meaning at all. Of course you want to emphasize. "This many people" is a whole lot of them, "not many" is , well, not many.
    engelska

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