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What's the difference between

Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do "this", they will be like a child

And

Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do "that", they'll be like a child

How can I use these pronouns to replace the abstract nouns?

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There is virtually no difference.

Sometimes you might use "this" or "that" in a psychological way: "This behaviour that I am talking about, "that behaviour that you do" and so on. Sometimes "this" and "that" are used just for the first and second idea mentioned.

In the particular example given, "this" or "that" could be used. However it would also be correct not to use a pronoun at all

Grown-ups can't make drama. If they do, they will be like a child.

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