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    #1

    This vs that

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    Please tell me of the following pairs of sentences which is grammatically correct?

    The teacher was very satisfied with my translation. This pleased me very much.
    The teacher was very satisfied with my translation. That pleased me very much.

    I want to tell you this. My car was stolen last night.
    I want to tell you that. My car was stolen last night.

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    #2

    Re: This vs that

    The second pair don't work for me because you have punctuated them as separate sentences- I'd join them.

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    #3

    Re: This vs that

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The second pair don't work for me because you have punctuated them as separate sentences- I'd join them.
    Do you mean this?

    I want to tell you this, my car was stolen last night.
    I want to tell you that, my car was stolen last night.

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    #4

    Re: This vs that

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    Do you mean this?

    I want to tell you this, my car was stolen last night.
    I want to tell you that, my car was stolen last night.
    Omit the comma in the second one. The first one was fine as two sentences.

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    #5

    Re: This vs that

    I would be more likely to write:

    I want to tell you this - my car was stolen last night.
    I want to tell you that my car was stolen last night.

    I would probably say:

    I want to tell you something. My car was stolen last night.
    or simply
    My car was stolen last night.

    There is really no need, if you are speaking directly to someone, to say "I want to tell you ..." Just tell them!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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