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Alpha says...

This is actually a question, and I'd appreciate any answers, anything at all.
What is the difference between 'these' and 'those'?
When do we use each of them?

Thanks a lot, contributers.
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niteowl says...

From my understanding, "these" refers to things close to the speaker, eg if I had a plate of cookies and was offering them to you, I might say "Would you like some of these cookies?" If said cookies were across the room on a table, I might say "Could you get some of those cookies for me, please?"

Distance could also be in time as well. Once the cookies are all gone, I'd say "Those cookies were delicious".

Hope that helps!
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