DD2

neither | either + of + PLURAL NOUN PHRASE

‘Either’ can mean “the one or the other.” ‘Neither’ can mean “not the one and not the other” or “not either.” C1 English Grammar Profile point 63 in DETERMINERS/quantity is defined as: ‘either’ and ‘neither’ + ‘of’ with plural noun phrases or pronouns. For example: Neither of these men is Chaney. (note the subject-verb agreement!) listen I don’t think …

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that | those (emotional distance)

C2 point 68 in DETERMINERS/demonstratives is defined as: ‘that’ and ‘those’ to convey emotional distance, often to express disapproval. The two examples in the EGP: that_DD1 sort_NN1 of_IO behaviour_NN1 those_DD2 so-called_JJ heroes_NN2 Emotional distance or disapproval is not possible to locate in corpora automatically.  We can start by copying the language patterns above. But really, …

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THESE | THOSE + plural noun

In the English Grammar Profile, A2 points 16 & 17 in the category of DETERMINERS/demonstratives is about the use of ‘these’ and ‘those’ with plural nouns. We did an iWeb search for: these|those _NN2 1 THESE THINGS 291847 Collocates of ‘these things‘ in the MOVIE corpus: 1 HAPPEN 483 These things happen. Don’t worry about it. listen 2 SOMETIMES 93 …

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THESE | THOSE ONES

Point 73 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: ‘these ones’, ‘those ones’ as a substitute for plural countable nouns which have already been mentioned or are obvious from the context. A look for * * these|those ones * * in the iWeb corpus: 1 ONE OF THOSE ONES WHERE YOU 29   The …

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