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    Those or them?


    Should I say “them or those”?

    When I explained some necessary complex ideas, I explained them/those using examples.

    My opinion:
    “Them” should be correct, and “those” should be incorrect. However, the grammar checking system of MS word suggests “those” is correct.


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    Re: Those or them?

    The correct word is "them" but the sentence is quite repetitive.

    To explain complex ideas, I used examples.
    I used examples to [help] explain complex ideas.
    When I must explain complex ideas, I find using examples help make them more clear.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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