Pronouns: Demonstratives pronouns

1st Part
Personal and object pronouns

2nd Part
Demonstratives pronouns
for timing and feelings

3rd Part
Demonstratives pronouns
to show something

4rd Part
Possessive Pronouns

5rd Part
Relative pronouns

6rd Part
Reciprocal pronouns

Grammar in use

  • Topic: Demonstratives pronouns to show something
  • Skills : Grammar


What is a demonstrative?

Look at this!

Look at that!

Look at these!

Look at those!

A demonstrative is a word used to show something. What you show can be near or far from you. It can be singular or plural.
There are four demonstratives:
this (singular, near)
that (singular, distant)
these (plural, near)
those (plural, distant)

A demonstrative can be used before a noun. In this case, it is called a determiner.A demonstrative can be used alone, without a noun. In this case, it is a pronoun.
This chair is very comfortable.
I need that jacket.
Do you like these shoes?
He does not want those documents.
This is very comfortable.
I need that.
Do you like these?
He does not want those.

Language Tip on the Pronunciation of “this”, “these” and “those”
“this” is pronounced “thiss”.
“these” is pronounced “thiz”.
“those” is pronounced “thoz”.

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