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    #1

    Them or these?

    In the sentence below should it be these or them?

    The 50 halogen fixtures were radiant enough to look beautiful, but the chances of these saving energy were gloomy.

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    #2

    Re: Them or these?

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would not say "these". I'd definitely say "them".
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    R21

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    #3

    Re: Them or these?

    Or "their"
    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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