In these lessons, we will learn demonstrative adjectives and how to distinguish them from demonstrative pronouns.
The words this, these, that, those, and what are demonstrative adjectives. We use them to tell our listeners which thing or person we mean.
This and these are used to indicate that the items are fairly close at hand, while that and those tend to indicate that the items that are further away.The following table gives the demonstrative adjectives: this, that, these, those. Scroll down the page for examples and explanations.
This apartment needs to be painted. (this is a demonstrative adjective to indicate which apartment)
He lives in this house
How much is that bag?
Bring me that book.
Would you like these oranges?
I am keeping these pencils.
I am selling those books.
Please give me those clothes.
Be careful to differentiate between a demonstrative pronoun and demonstrative adjective.
A demonstrative pronoun stands alone whereas a demonstrative adjective describes a noun.
That is good. (that is a demonstrative pronoun)
That soup is good. (that is a demonstrative adjective because it describes the soup)
How to recognize demonstrative pronouns and avoid adjective confusion?
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