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    #1

    That of and those of

    Doctors rarely agree, as a recent survey comparing their attitudes and that of the public shows.


    Don't we use those of if the first subject of comparison is plural(here: attitudes)? Are that of and those of interchangeable?

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    #2

    Re: That of and those of

    Yes, we do; and no, they aren't - in this case, anyway.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: That of and those of

    In this case "the public" is being thought of as one. So one attitude that "the public" has. That of the public.

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