Such vs. These or Those

The words “such” and “these” are often confused with each other due to their nature of supporting a sentence where similar situations are being mentioned.

What Are Their Main Differences?

Actually, many claim that these words are used interchangeably. But it seems like 'such', 'these', or 'those' are used in different situations.

At first, you are supposed to know the differences between 'these' and 'those'. As you might know, they refer to things at different distances. 'These' is used for things close to you, and 'those' is used for things further.

Differences

Usage in a Sentence

  • 'Such':

refers to multiple situations or objects that 'have something in common'.

  • 'These' and 'those':

refer to events or objects that are similar to a main subject.

They released such great movies that I am going to watch them the whole summer.

The chickens need these corns to grow.

Those plants are going to be frozen in such a snowy weather.

Using Countable or Uncountable Nouns

  • 'Such':

is followed by plural countable nouns and uncountable nouns.

  • 'These' and 'those':

are followed by plural countable nouns.

Such promises have no values.

These sticks are used to make fire.

Those cans of cat food are expired.

Similarities

Grammatical Functions

  • Such, these and those are used as:
  1. determiners
  2. pronouns

These are our plans for the summer. → pronoun

Can I help you with those? → pronoun

Those universities are the best in London. → determiner

I didn't see these white blankets under the bed . → determiner

They are such racist people who are protesting against black people. → determiner

We had many problems in the company, having financial issues was such. → pronoun

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