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    #1

    After all these years, I still feel everything.

    'After all these years, I still feel everything.'

    The above is a lyric from a song ('All these years', sung by Camila Cabello). I wonder whether it would be correct to say 'all those years' instead. More generally, what is the difference between 'all these years' and 'all those years'?
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    Re: After all these years, I still feel everything.

    Given that it's a song, I wouldn't worry about it. Have you heard of poetic license?
    The difference between "these" and "those" is the the latter connotes distance (in terms of time/space).

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    #3

    Re: After all these years, I still feel everything.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    'After all these years, I still feel everything.'

    The above is a lyric from a song ('All these years', sung by Camila Cabello). I wonder whether it would be correct to say 'all those years' instead. More generally, what is the difference between 'all these years' and 'all those years'?
    My inference in that context is that "those years" refers to a specific time in the past, whereas "these years" refers to a period up to the present.

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    #4

    Re: After all these years, I still feel everything.

    Another song "Still crazy after all these years" comes to mind.

    I think "all those years" which is about a specific period in the past is not as common.
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