They aren’t as healthy as <they><those> were

shanialiketoask

Member
Chinese
Is there any difference by changing “they” to”those”. <——-Question from original thread title added to post by moderator (Florentia52)——->

(1) So they aren't as healthy as THEY were in the past.
(2) So they aren't as healthy as THOSE were in the past.
 
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  • grassy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Can you give us some context e.g. what "they" stands for? Also, are we comparing two different things or two different versions of one thing?
     

    shanialiketoask

    Member
    Chinese
    Can you give us some context e.g. what "they" stands for? Also, are we comparing two different things or two different versions of one thing?
    However, technology often means we spend more time at home. And often it's just us ,with our computer or television. Teenagers don't do enough excercise. ()

    Hi, grassy, thanks for your attention. The sentence is just in the (). It is from a question paper but it's strange that there are two versions for the same passage.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Only option (1) fits in the space, shanialiketoask.

    If you used option (2), people would be puzzled, and ask "those what?"
     
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