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Hello All,

Can someone please tell me whether or not these and those are 100% interchangeable in the following example?

Perhaps this is why I've been having these/those pains in my chest lately.

Thanks!

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You most probably want "these". "those" suggests pains that you mentioned some time ago, not in the present conversation. It may also suggest that those pains have gone away by now.

CJ

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Thank you CJ. Excellent explanation.