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“Don't do it!” or “Don't do that!” [duplicate]

Assuming you're parents that see your young son doing something you don't like, and you want to avoid him to do it. What's of these following ways more natural? Don't do it! or Don't do that!
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“That” instead of “those” with plural nouns

At the first glance, that is used with singular nouns, and those with plural. However, sometimes I see that that is used with plural nouns as well. So, both of these examples seems to be correct: ...
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Subject-verb inversion in 'as' clause and passive voice

A.I. programs used to help judges predict which criminals are most likely to reoffend have shown troubling racial biases, as have those designed to help child protective services decide which calls ...
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These are they/them or this is they/them [closed]

Which one is correct? I have heard that people tend to say: This is them/they. But according to grammar rules it should be: These are them/they.
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that vs one: The Olympic Games have grown from a one-day affair to _____ sixteen days each time it is held

I saw it here. The Olympic Games have grown from a one-day affair to _____ sixteen days each time it is held. A. that which lasts B. one which lasts In my opinion, both are correct, ...
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“These” or “those” with abstract thing?

Alternative energy sources are renewable and are thought to be "free" energy sources. They all have lower carbon emissions compared to conventional energy resources. These include Biomass Energy, ...
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Which one would you choose? “This book” VS “That book” / “These topics” VS “Those topics”

I am aware of the difference between This and that These and those It's easy for me to distinguish which one to use when I talk to someone but I am having a trouble with choosing the right one in ...
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“These” or “Those” in an essay?

I'm confused with whether I should use "these" or "those" in the context of writing a paper or report in the specific example below. I don't know how I can do it differently: 1) To detect abnormal ...
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Demonstrative vs Personal Pronoun, “This is John” vs “I am John”

Why people introduce themselves on phone by saying "This is John" instead of "I am John"? Which one of "this" and "I" or "he/she" is preferable in different circumstances?
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But not everyone realizes that fact. Vs But not everyone realizes this fact

Small churches aren’t just smaller versions of big churches. They have unique gifts, challenges and methods of operation. But not everyone realizes that fact. Including some small church ...
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Should I say “these are what I do” or “this is what I do”?

Should I say "these are what I do" or "this is what I do"? Specifically, in the context of a self-description, for example: "Cooking, hiking and painting - these are what I do", vs. "... - this is ...
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can “which” act as a demonstrative pronoun?

As a relative pronoun, "which" can be used to refer to a sentence; for example, She ignored him, which proved to be unwise. In this case, a comma should be necessary. In The rite of spring ...
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Meaning of “I was mad that one year” in a birthday message by Will Smith

I have just read a great post by Will Smith containing that sentence (I was mad that one year) but I do not understand its meaning. Is "That One" similar to "that first"? This was ...
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Does this sentence sound ok? “this” or “those”

This sentence is an summarization after a meeting for three people: We three agreed on those two problems will be an interesting problem to study next. I want to state the following fact: We ...
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What makes -“I did not like those” an improper answer?

Here is the sentence I speak... She gave me chocolates, but I did not like those Natives seem to prefer this with the objective case of 'they'... She gave me chocolates, but I did not like them ...
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Can we 'count' uncountable nouns using 'those'?

Is this example sentence grammatically correct? I like music that emanates life, such as those composed by Beethoven. Music is an uncountable noun, but isn't "those" the plural of "that"? I'm ...
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“it is good” and “that is good”

What is the difference between "it is good" and "that is good" ?
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Why only “it”, not “this” or “that”?

It seems you are incompetent to achieve our goal. The chocolate tastes sweet when it is tasted. (Quasi-passive voice) It is raining. Your request, it is under consideration now. and so on, so on and ...
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Using “That” in a sentence

Is that your name, copycat? Is your name, copycat? There is an animal that lives by night. There is an animal lives by night, He was saying that your ideas are false. He was saying ...