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    usage of " this and that"

    Hi Buddies, I am trying to find some good material to understand better the use of 'this and that'. I am from Brazil and I teach English here and I have to say that sometimes I can not explain well to my students the usage of them. Not the use as demonstrative pronoums but daily usage.Can anyone show me any material that goes far from the simple explation of demonstrative pronoums. Thanks for your help. Angélica

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    Re: usage of " this and that"

    If you mean "this and that" rather than "'this' and 'that'" it has a fairly straightforward meaning - a non-committal variety of not very important things:
    A: 'What have you been doing while I was away?'
    B: 'This and that.'
    A: 'Nothing much then.'
    B: 'Well, I swept the yard, cut the lawn, cleared out the gutters ... '

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    Re: usage of " this and that"

    Hi Bobk, it is not just this but thanks anyway.

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