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    These or they?

    Hello.


    Are 'they' and 'these' always used as they are given in the book? Or is it possible to use ''these'' instead of ''they'' someyimes?


    A.What are the these/they?

    They/these are lions.

    B.What are these? (do you use 'they' when referring to inanimate things?

    These are chairs.

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    Re: These or they?

    "What are these?", "What are those?" and "What are they?" are all possible depending on the context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    I thought these sentences are based on the rule that if you are talking about animals you can either use ''these'' or ''they'', and if you are talking about inanimate things only ''these'' and never ''they'' should be used.

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    Re: These or they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I thought these sentences are based on the rule that if you are talking about animals you can either use ''these'' or ''they'', and if you are talking about inanimate things only ''these'' and never ''they'' should be used.
    Where did you read/hear that "rule"? It's nonsense.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: These or they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    I thought these sentences are based on the rule that if you are talking about animals you can either use ''these'' or ''they'', and if you are talking about inanimate things only ''these'' and never ''they'' should be used.
    That has to be one of the most preposterous rules I've ever heard. Did a teacher really tell you that?

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    No. No one told me that. I was judging by the examples given in the book. In each question the book uses:''these''(what are these?) and in asnwers:''they''(they are lions, books, etc). The book I am talking about is Oxoford Discover for children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    No. No one told me that. I was judging by the examples given in the book. In each question the book uses:''these''(what are these?) and in asnwers:''they''(they are lions, books, etc). The book I am talking about is Oxoford Discover for children.
    Try not to make up your own rules just because something isn't there.
    "The cats' names are Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme." You cannot make up a rule from that that you can't call your cat Basil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    if you are talking about inanimate things only ''these'' and never ''they'' should be used.
    If you are talking about inanimate things, use it for the singular and they for the plural. You can use this/that/these/those when appropriate, but there's nothing wrong with they at all.

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    Re: These or they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you are talking about inanimate things, use it for the singular and they for the plural. You can use this/that/these/those when appropriate, but there's nothing wrong with they at all.
    And if I am talking about animals. Are all the forms appropriate? ''this/that/these/those and they''.

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    Re: These or they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    And if I am talking about animals, are all the forms appropriate, ''this/that/these/those and they''?
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