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  1. welldone
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    "these" with uncountable noun

    I guess we could use "these" with uncountable nouns, right?

    I have seen such a phrase like "these information".

    Am I correct?

    thanks

  2. Natalie27
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    Re: "these" with uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    I guess we could use "these" with uncountable nouns, right?

    I have seen such a phrase like "these information".

    Am I correct?

    thanks
    These is the plural of this
    Those is the plural of that

    information always IS...so "these" (plural) is not correct.

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    Re: "these" with uncountable noun

    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    I guess we could use "these" with uncountable nouns, right?

    I have seen such a phrase like "these information".

    Am I correct?

    thanks
    I concur with Natalie, yet would like to add that I too have heard 'these information'. It's rather rare, and certainly not what a language learner who knows the the Rules would expects to hear from a native speaker, but I have heard it, especially used in a legal context with reference to different sources of information e.g., These information do not contain.... I dare say prescriptivists or even the likes of the TOEFL would deem it correct, so be careful when you use it.

  4. welldone
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    Re: "these" with uncountable noun

    thanks.
    I asked the question because I am writing a paper. The situation is exactly like what Casiopea said. I have information from different sources, which makes feel that "this information" is not appropriate.


    Many times I found grammar and the actual way of using a word are totally different. I think that's reasonable since grammar always try to be concise, which might loss some information, and laguages do change fast.

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