Today we came across a sentence that goes like this:
Many physical objects constitute the IoT. These send data, share information and/or remotely control and manage a device or process.
My question here is is it correct to say ‘these send’? Can you put a verb directly after ‘these’? The sentence seems a little bit strange to me, but my friends think it’s okay to say this. It sounds more right if it’s:
They send ….
This, that, these, those are demonstrative pronouns that can serve as the subject of verb, yes.
These send data, share information, etc.
Whether it would be stylistically better to use they, or to use these adjectivally, will depend on the particular case.
These devices send data, share information and/or remotely control and manage a device or process.