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this | today |

As a determiner this

is .

As an adverb today is

on the current day or date.

As a noun today is

a current day or date.

this

English

(wikipedia this)

Determiner

  • The (thing) here (used in indicating something or someone nearby).
  • The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone just mentioned).
  • The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone about to be mentioned).
  • A known (thing) (used in first mentioning a person or thing that the speaker does not think is known to the audience). Compare with "a ... ".
  • (Of a unit of time) which is .
  • Derived terms

    * thisness *

    Adverb

    (-)
  • To the degree or extent indicated.
  • I need this much water.
    We've already come this far, we can't turn back now.

    Pronoun

    (en-pron)
  • The thing, item, etc. being indicated.
  • This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,—often the surfeit of our own behaviour,—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars'' — Shakespeare, ''King Lear , Act 1. Scene 2.

    Noun

    (es)
  • (philosophy) Something being indicated that is here; one of these.
  • * 2001 , James G. Lennox, Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology (page 151)
  • Terms like 'house', 'sphere', 'animal', and 'human' do not refer to other thises distinct from these ones here — they refer to the sort of thing these ones here are.

    Interjection

    (-)
  • (Internet slang)
  • Synonyms
    * , like * IAWTP

    Statistics

    *

    today

    English

    Alternative forms

    * to-day (archaic)

    Adverb

    (-)
  • On the current day or date.
  • In the current era; nowadays.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title=[http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21579879-buy-out-firm-really-does-focus-operational-improvements-engineers Engineers of a different kind] , passage=Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A current day or date.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1899, author=(Hughes Mearns)
  • , title= , passage=Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today  / I wish, I wish he’d go away …}}

    Synonyms

    * current day * this day

    Usage notes

    Todays is a mostly literary plural. It refers to days that we experience, have experienced or will experience as "today". More colloquial are (these days) and (nowadays).

    See also

    * nowadays * hodiernal * yesterday * tomorrow night * tonight * last night * nudiustertian