Demonstrative Pronouns

The words this, that, these, and those are called demonstrative pronouns. They are used to identify someone or something.

 

 

This and these are used to refer to items fairly close at hand, while that and those tend to refer to items that are further away.

This and that are singular, while these and those are plural.

 

 

near

far

singular

this

that

plural

these

those

 

Examples:

This is my house.
That is Paul’s house.
These are my shoes.
Those are his clothes.

Did you drop this?
We can do better than that.
What are those?
Who put these here?

 

 

Difference between Demonstrative Pronouns and Demonstrative Adjectives

A demonstrative pronoun stands alone whereas a demonstrative adjective describes a noun.

Examples:

That is good. (that is a demonstrative pronoun)

That soup is good. (that is a demonstrative adjective because it describes the soup)

 

 

Video

The following video describes demonstrative pronouns.

 

 

 

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