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Hi,
I was a little unsure about using of each of them, especial "it" and "that". When we are speaking of something then in the very next section we are referring to that matter. And this! I doubt that if I could use "this" for referring.

I would appreciate if you could explain the rule of using these ( or those? pronouns)
e.g.
{some expression}. That/This/These/Those (I don't think I could use "it" in here) is/are what...
If you heat a bowl of water its temperature doesn't exceed 100 C in 1 atm. That is why use pressure cooker.
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youzouit is not logical
No, it's not logical if you're are thinking of the demonstrative usage of 'that'.

It's a completely different use of 'that'. It's an adverb of degree similar in meaning to 'so', but less formal. It has nothing to do with 'near' and 'far'.

I didn't know he had [so / that] much money.
I didn't know he was [so / that] rich.
I was surprised that she had [so / that] much patience.
I was surprised that she was [so / that] patient.
It's not [so / that] difficult. Try it.
youzoua sort of black box
There are a lot of black boxes in English. Emotion: smile

CJ
Sort of, but not exactly! What I meant was the example of boiling water. I was thinking about "This" at the beginning of sentence which refers to something in the very previous expression. I think I got my answer that we cannot use "this" like that. Right?
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youzouWhat I meant was the example of boiling water. I was thinking about "This" at the beginning of sentence which refers to something in the very previous expression. I think I got my answer that we cannot use "this" like that. Right?
Right, but it's not that you can't use it. After all, it is grammatically correct. It's just that it's not a good idea to use it because it's not very idiomatic. People rarely use "this" like that.

CJ
I think "this" is better than "that" in this sentence:
I mean girls picking up boys. (Did I use picking up correctly in ___ sentence)

Could you please check these sentences too? (Should I use colon or question mark?)
I am worried about getting married in old ages. I think that is caused by over-thinking about my age and regretting in future.
I am worried about getting married in old ages; this worry is probably caused by over-thinking about my age and regretting in future.
youzouI think "this" is better than "that" in this sentence:I mean girls picking up boys. (Did I use picking up correctly in ___ sentence)
OK.
youzouI am worried about getting married in old ages. I think that is caused by over-thinking about my age and regretting in future.I am worried about getting married in old ages; this worry is probably caused by over-thinking about my age and regretting in future.
I suggest this:

I'm worried about getting married too old. This worry is probably caused by thinking too much about my age and about what regrets I may have in the future.

No colons or question marks.

CJ
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CalifJimOK.
Thanks a lot dear CJ or Jim.
It means you are disappointed at my process? Emotion: smile Or you think I am correct?
If that is true, could you please explain it to me? I do it by what I think (or sense) is correct, but I'm still in doubt.
CalifJimI'm worried about getting married too old. This worry is probably caused by thinking too much about my age and about what regrets I may have in the future.
Could you please explain it to me? I'm in doubt. I would choose "this" too. But I don't know the rule.
CalifJimNo colons or question marks.
Why did you said "question marks"
I used colons in purpose to make two sentence more closer, but you answer told me that "this" even in those situations can be used.

And did you mean it is not necessary or I shouldn't use them?

Thanks.
(I saw you and others to use "thank in advance" at the end of a request. Is it only polite or formal? I see no emotion of being grateful, only respectfully thanking) Where should I use this phrase? Only at the bottom of requests?
Thanks you very much.
And CJ, could you please take a look over this:
I was reviewing sentences in my mind, and I just felt something about "it" and "this" or "that". When someone use "it" instead of "that". I feel he or she is on the upper level or have more power or is who ruling.
I have no idea if it is true or not. I just have a very vague feeling.

It is what I want to do.
This is what I want to do.

Thanks.
youzoudisappointed
No.
youzouyou think I am correct
Correct that "this" is better than "that" in that sentence above? Yes. But "that" would not be wrong.
youzouCalifJimI'm worried about getting married too old. This worry is probably caused by thinking too much about my age and about what regrets I may have in the future.Could you please explain it to me? I'm in doubt. I would choose "this" too. But I don't know the rule.
There is no rule. Nothing very strict anyway. Here you are continuing the same discussion immediately without changing the topic, so 'this' seems OK to me. I'm worried ... This worry ....

Here's a case of "< This", i.e., "this" pointing backwards. Maybe it happens this way more often than I originally thought.
youzouWhy did you said say "question marks"
Because you asked if you should include them.
youzoudid you mean it is not necessary or I shouldn't use them?
You shouldn't use a colon. Make two sentences. I'm worried .... This worry ....
youzouI saw you and others to use "thank in advance" at the end of a request.
Others, maybe, but not me. Be aware that some people don't like that phrase "Thanks in advance". They prefer to see a post saying "Thank you" after they have answered the question.
youzouWhere should I use this phrase?
You don't need to use that phrase at all. If you do use it, place it at the end of your original question.

CJ
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Thanks at present, advance and whenever. Emotion: smile
CalifJimOthers, maybe, but not me.
But I think you made a mistake! Actually four mistakes.(Is "mistake" the right word?)
These are your requests, with "thanks in advance":
http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/RegardingFormationQuestion/mjrwc/post.htm#sc1046687

http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/PleaseAnswerTheseQsAsap/zkjgm/post.htm#sc469464

http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/MayMightCouldDifference/3/blvqk/post.htm#sc1088872

http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/AskingInterpretationQuote/mrxjr/post.htm#sc1006564

So I guess you are slightly offensive/ironic in those posts. Right? You were expecting them to follow those rules.
CalifJimyouzouWhy did you said say "question marks"
I don't know why I always make this (this or that?) sort of mistakes. I think I mixed up past simple and present perfect particles. I don't know why.
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