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I agree with Ben on 11/15/11. It's that simple. As for Hoofin's example from King James, it is antiquated; but the phrase "little ones" is one we still use to refer to young children. The operative difference from the germaine discussion is the word "little" between "these" and "ones". Calling people knowledgeable of the "rules" or, more accurately, practices of English "snake-oil salesmen" is arrogant, to say the least. One cannot teach any subject if one doesn't comply with established rules or acceptable practices, especially to speakers of other languages. Usage (practice) varies from field to field: religion, law, medicine, business, etc. Hoofin obviously understands this and enjoys flaunting his/her education just like the rest of us (smile).
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2011 on These ones? Those ones? at Ask the English Teacher
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