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    So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    On the other hand, overpopulation in advanced countries causes a dwelling shortage and traffic jams. So those should be overcrowded in the city.
    * So those (or these) should overcrowd cities.
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    Can you use "those" or "these" here?
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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    No. The sentence doesn't make sense. And you forgot the obligatory space before the open parenthesis.
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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    "those" refers to "dwelling(housing) shortage and traffic jams.", so I'd like to know why it doesn't work. If it doesn't maybe "It will overcrowd cities" is correct.

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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    You have to put a space before an open parenthesis unless you're marking optional letter(s) as I've just done.

    How would housing shortages and traffic jams overcrowd cities? I would think that a population larger than a city can sustain would be the usual cause of such a condition.
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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    The original writer tried to say "those will confuse cities." Is it proper?

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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    There is a lot of confusion. That's for sure. It is unclear what you mean by saying that something can or would or should overcrowd cities. (It is best not to use the word "overcrowd" at all. It doesn't mean anything that "crowd" doesn't mean.)

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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    I asked the original writer, who said "those" refers to "a housing shortage and traffic jams" and these causes "overcrowding cities". I also think it makes sense as these were caused by overpopulation and overcrowding is one of the results of overpopulation.
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    On the other hand, overpopulation in advanced countries causes a housing shortage and traffic jams.
    So those should overcrowd cities.

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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    Your reasoning is circular.

    For starters, a city is by definition a crowded area. It is having a large number of people packed into a relatively small area that makes it a city. That's not an opinion. That's a fact.

    You can say crowding causes overpopulation if you want. But it's an opinion. Even the existence of overpopulation is somebody's opinion. (How many is too many?)

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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    You can state an opinion and "prove" that opinion by using other opinions. You never have to use any facts that way.

    Cities are by their nature crowded areas.

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    Re: So those(or these) should overcrowd cities

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    The original writer tried to say "those will confuse cities." Is it proper?
    May I respectfully suggest that the original writer join the forum? It's confusing to see posts from keannu which turn out to have been written by someone else.
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