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    Demonstrative adjectives

    When referring to something that has no physical location (such as a set of rules), is it o.k. to use 'that' instead of 'this'? For example:

    'That set of rules is now obsolete.' instead of 'This set of rules is now obsolete.'

    Are there rules regarding this usage?

    Many thanks,
    L. Irvin

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    Re: Demonstrative adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by lirvin1
    When referring to something that has no physical location (such as a set of rules), is it o.k. to use 'that' instead of 'this'? For example:

    'That set of rules is now obsolete.' instead of 'This set of rules is now obsolete.'

    Are there rules regarding this usage?

    Many thanks,
    L. Irvin
    I would say it depends upon the speaker and the perceived distance between them and the rules. If I were talking about old rules, I'd use that and this for something recent.

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