POWERFUL ‘DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS’ – TYPE 2

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.

For example:

  • 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.

REVISION EXERCISE

You may complete the exercise on paper or a book and keep it for your future reference.

  1. Demonstrative pronouns _______ to thing or things.  (represents, changes, refers)
  2. You look ravishing ______ her. (the, than, they)
  3. Who was _____ on the door?  (this, those, that)
  4. Your meals are much better than _____ of hers.  (then, these, those)

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