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SoupleCommeLeVent

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English UK
I want to specify a rate of inflation in a particular country and point out that it is higher than in other countries. I am unsure whether to use "that" or "those" in the following sentence.

This is a high rate compared with that of the other countries in our sample.
This is a high rate compared with those of the other countries in our sample.

Which should I use? Many thanks
 
  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    Are you comparing it with a single rate for all the other countries together, or with the set of different rates for the different countries?
    If the latter, I would say "those".
     

    Hau Ruck

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Are you comparing it with a single rate for all the other countries together, or with the set of different rates for the different countries?
    If the latter, I would say "those".
    A good point. If there are multiple rates being compared to (as I assume there must be) then "those" might very well be the only correct answer.
     

    Hau Ruck

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Regarding post #4
    I would still say "those". You are referring to multiple rates.
    High rate of country A vs. countries B,C,D,E+
    This
    rate vs. those rates. ;)

    Regarding post #5
    If you rephrased it, to be written as your changed sentence, I'd most certainly use "that". :)
     
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