# those inflation rates

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#### SoupleCommeLeVent

##### Senior Member
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
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
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.

#### SoupleCommeLeVent

##### Senior Member
Each of the various countries has its own rate, but there is only one rate per country. Would I therefore use "those"?

#### SoupleCommeLeVent

##### Senior Member
And if I phrased it in a different way, would I use "that"?

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

#### Hau Ruck

##### Senior Member
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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