Demonstrative pronoun are used to show, indicate, represent or point towards a thing or things which include near in distance/time and far in distance/time.
- We will use the word ‘this’ to point out a thing which is SINGULAR and is near.
- We will use the word ‘that’ to point out a thing which is SINGULAR but is far away.
- We will use the word ‘these’ to point out things which are PLURAL and are near.
- We will use the word ‘those’ to point out things which are PLURAL but are far away.
Let us take a look at some examples of demonstrative pronouns:
- This is a dress.
- Have you heard this?
- These will taste good.
- Do you know these?
- This dress is beautiful.
- Did you hear that?
- Those were the times.
- Are you able to hear those?
- This is worse than that.
- These are heavier than those.
Remember that Demonstrative pronouns are different from demonstrative adjectives. They look similar but the demonstrative pronoun is different from demonstrative adjectives. The demonstrative adjective qualifies a noun.
- That stinks. (The statement is a demonstrative pronoun)
- That perfume smells good. (The statement is an adjective+noun)
Usually, demonstrative pronouns are used for things only. However, we can use them for people when the person is identified. Let us understand with some examples:
- This is Andrew Bernard. Is that Erina?
- That party sounds awesome.
You may complete the exercise on paper or a book and keep it for your future reference.
- Demonstrative pronouns _______ to thing or things. (represents, changes, refers)
- You look ravishing ______ her. (the, than, they)
- Who was _____ on the door? (this, those, that)
- Your meals are much better than _____ of hers. (then, these, those)