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Hi,
I recentely learned that "They are three" shoud be "There are three of them" (when considering the number of items or people). Does that also apply to "these/those"?

Those are five ----> Should it be "There are five of those"?

And also, can I say:
"They/those are enough"
"They/those are too many"
"They/those are a lot"

or do I have to say "There are enough of them/those", "There are too many of them/those"... ?

Thanks Emotion: smile
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Thank you Doll, but unfortunately that post has nothing to do with my question... Thanks anyway Emotion: smile
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Those are five ----> Should it be "There are five of those"? Yes.

And also, can I say:
"They/those are enough" Yes.
"They/those are too many" No.
"They/those are a lot" No.

or do I have to say "There are enough of them/those", "There are too many of them/those"... ? Both of these are OK. You can leave off "of them/those".

If you put them in the context of a real situation, we might be able to suggest more exactly which expressions might be used. Without context they all seem a bit iffy to me.

CJ
I see, thanks.
And I see that "enough" is a kind of exception, it doesn't really act as a quantifier, it acts more like a normal adjective.
So it seems I can say:

- I just need three eggs, I think they'll be enough.

But I can't say:

-Uh-oh! Here come the Indians! ...look! They are a lot! (Should I say "There are a lot"?)
-Don't worry, just wait and see... Get me my rifle...
-But... are you crazy? They are too many? (Should I say "There are too many"?)


- Look. These are my brothers and sisters. I have five brothers and six sisters...
- My gosh! They are a lot! (Should I say "There are a lot"? I'd say "That's a lot", what do you think?)

- Greetings from all of your American friends! And believe me, we are a lot! (Should I say "There are a lot of us"?)

- You sent me 25 essays, they are a lot. I mean, they are too many for me to check... It'll take long. (What about this?)

Could anyone give me an opinion on the above sentences? Could anyone think of any examples where "They/those are a lot/ too many" is ok and idiomatic?
Thank you in advance Emotion: smile
- I just need three eggs, I think they'll be enough. Better: I think that'll be enough.

But I can't say:

-Uh-oh! Here come the Indians! ...look! They are a lot! (Should I say "There are a lot"?) There's a lot of them!
-Don't worry, just wait and see... Get me my rifle...
-But... are you crazy? They are too many? (Should I say "There are too many"?
Yes.)

- Look. These are my brothers and sisters. I have five brothers and six sisters...
- My gosh! They are a lot! (Should I say "There are a lot"? No. I'd say "That's a lot", what do you think?I'd say the same thing. "That's a lot!")

- Greetings from all of your American friends! And believe me, we are a lot! (Should I say "There are a lot of us"? Yes. or "There's a lot of us".)

- You sent me 25 essays, they are a lot. I mean, they are too many for me to check... It'll take long. (What about this? Emotion: ick! That's a lot. ... there are too many for me to check. Or ... that's too many for me to check. Emotion: big smile)

CJ
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