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    some of these/those? people

    The Meteorological Office, which is responsible for telling people what the weather will be like the next day, is always receiving suggestions from amateur forecasters, offering it advice. Some of ___ people base their forecasts on the movement of the planets, others on past weather records, and there are a few who use their observation of conditions in the countryside.
    (A) this
    (B) that
    (C) these
    (D) those
    (Yang Jinfang)

    The answer to the above question is option C.
    What's wrong with option D?
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    #2

    Re: some of these/those? people

    These is appropriate because the subject focuses on the particular group. These implies here while those implies there.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Sep-2020 at 08:04. Reason: deleting unnecessary quote
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    Re: some of these/those? people

    What is the source of the quoted text? The author's name alone is not sufficient.
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    Re: some of these/those? people

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    What is the source of the quoted text? The author's name alone is not sufficient.
    The title of the book is Chinese, my English translation of which is "A Must for College Entrance Examination: Cloze Tests with Detailed Answers."
    Last edited by sitifan; 18-Sep-2020 at 18:39.
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    Re: some of these/those? people

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    What is the source of the quoted text? The author's name alone is not sufficient.
    Sitifan, you liked and thanked my post. Now please answer the question.
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    Re: some of these/those? people

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Sitifan, you liked and thanked my post. Now please answer the question.
    The source of the quoted text is from a book whose title is Chinese. My English translation of the Chinese title is "A Must for College Entrance Examination: Cloze Tests with Detailed Answers."
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: some of these/those? people

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    The Meteorological Office, which is responsible for telling people what the weather will be like the next day, is always receiving suggestions from amateur forecasters, offering it advice. Some of those people base their forecasts on the movements of the planets, others on past weather records, and there are a few who use their observations of conditions in the countryside.
    (A) this
    (B) that
    (C) these
    (D) those
    (Yang Jinfang)

    The answer to the above question is option C.
    What's wrong with option D?
    Nothing.
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    Re: some of these/those? people

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What's wrong with option D?
    It's not nearly as good as option C, which is the answer in this case.

    Notice the close proximity between these people and the prior mention of who they are (amateur forecasters), which comes at the end of the previous utterance. When we have such close proximity, we're more likely to use this/these rather than that/those.

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