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Q: I think both are possible options. Am I right?

  • The author's point is that inner-city seniors should have health care better than ----- available to them now.

(1) that ******

(2) those ******

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    How can both be correct? What do think "that/those" refers to? It is singular or plural?
    – gotube
    Jul 18, 2023 at 5:19
  • It is not clear, so both could be correct, I guess. Jul 18, 2023 at 5:35
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    Whatever it refers to must be either singular or plural, not both, so both cannot be correct. What's the closest noun to that word? That's usually what pronouns refer to.
    – gotube
    Jul 18, 2023 at 5:37
  • What does it refer to? Is it clear according to the sentence? Jul 18, 2023 at 6:03
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    It refers to health care, which is uncountable and so grammatically singular. Jul 18, 2023 at 8:22

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It's "that", not "those". "Those" is for plural references. "Health care" is singular (though a very broad topic).

That thing / Those things

Compare:

They should have better insurance than that available to them now.

They should have better doctors than those available to them now.

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