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Section 11.2.4

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns replace or refer to nouns ornoun phrases and, occasionally, larger units of asentence.


In the decades following the Civil War, fifteen separate categories ofcurrency in multiple denominations were issued. Theseincluded Demand Notes, U.S. Notes, National Bank Notes, and Federal ReserveNotes. [These replaces fifteen separate categories ofcurrency.]

--Schafrik and Church, "Protecting the Greenback," ScientificAmerican (modified)


You can use demonstrative pronouns to reduce repetition and wordiness;however, be careful not to create broad pronounreference. Good technical writing is precise.


Unacceptable

Caution: Be careful not to mix alkaline earth metals with water, which maycause an explosion. This is dangerous at best. [What is dangerous, mixing alkaline earth metals with water or the explosionthat such mixing can cause?]

Acceptable

Caution: Be careful not to mix alkaline earth metals with water, which maycause an explosion. Such an explosion is dangerous at best.


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