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That versus those #1 (permalink) Sat Nov 04, 2006 19:40 pm   That versus those
 

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ESL/EFL Test #170 "this, that, these, those", question 8

The pilot calmly steered us through ......... big cloud.

(a) this
(b) that
(c) these
(d) those

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #170 "this, that, these, those", answer 8

The pilot calmly steered us through that big cloud.

Correct answer: (b) that

Your answer was: incorrect
The pilot calmly steered us through those big cloud.
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could you tell me why that not those ?

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That/those #2 (permalink) Sat Nov 04, 2006 20:26 pm   That/those
 

Only one cloud is mentioned, so the singular 'that' is needed. You could use 'those' for more than one cloud: those big clouds.
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That versus those #3 (permalink) Sat Feb 14, 2009 16:30 pm   That versus those
 

Why not "this", the cloud must have been pretty close, if the pilot steered through it ? Is it about distance in time ?
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That versus those #4 (permalink) Sat Feb 14, 2009 18:30 pm   That versus those
 

Hi,

Remember that the pilot steered us 'through' the cloud and that means the steering is now finished and the cloud must now be behind. In that case it is no longer 'this cloud here' but 'that cloud there'.

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That versus those #5 (permalink) Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:46 pm   That versus those
 

Hi Alan,

This makes perfect sense. Thanks

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