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    "all that/this" or (all) these/those?

    Is a native speaker more likely to say "all that" in a situation like this?

    Someone told me many things about something and I ask, "How did you know about all those?".

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    Re: "all that/this" or (all) these/those?

    "all those" is awkward in that context. Try,

    How do you know all that?
    How do you know all those things?

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    Re: "all that/this" or (all) these/those?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    "all those" is awkward in that context. Try,
    How do you know all that?
    How do you know all those things?
    What about just "those", like "How did you know about those?"?
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    And besides that, isn't it that "these" and "those" can be pronouns?

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    Re: "all that/this" or (all) these/those?

    EX: ?How do you know about those?
    => By default, "to know" (something)", not "to know (somethings)".

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    Re: "all that/this" or (all) these/those?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    EX: ?How do you know about those?
    => By default, "to know" (something)", not "to know (somethings)".
    I wonder why "those" can't refer to "those things" in this context.

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    Re: "all that/this" or (all) these/those?

    Good question, dihen. At first I thought it might have something to do with its referent; i.e., "those" refers to ideas (abstract). But this sentence, here, proves it wrong:

    EX: ?I can see those (books; people).

    Question, does "those", above, refer to people or things? Could that be the reason it doesn't work there but works here?

    EX: I want those who are coming tonight to bring a plate of food.
    EX: I have those in your size. <obviously, things, not people>

    What do you think?

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