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Demonstrative Pronouns

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Rochelle Habungan

on 1 September 2014

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Transcript of Demonstrative Pronouns

A demonstrative pronoun represents a thing or things:
near in distance or time (this, these)
far in distance or time (that, those)
singular: this, that
plural: that, those
Here are some examples with demonstrative pronouns:
This
tastes good.
Have you seen
this
?
These
are bad times.
Do you like
these
?

That
is beautiful.
Look at
that
!
Those
were the days!
Can you see
those
?

This
is heavier than that.
These
are bigger than those.
Exercises:

A. Use `this´ or `these´

1. Is _________ my drink?

2. _________ aren´t my trainers.

3. Is _________ an interesting museum.

4. _________ are new bikes.

5. _________ is my house.
Exercises!
B. Use `that´ or `those´

1. __________ a big supermarket.

2. __________ are her CD´s.

3. Are __________ your books.

4. __________ is a big shop.

5. __________ is John´s house.
GOAL!
Demonstrative Pronouns
Demonstrate: to show, to indicate, to point to.
Do not confuse demonstrative pronouns with demonstrative adjectives. They are identical, but a demonstrative pronoun stands alone, while a demonstrative adjective qualifies a noun.

That smells. (demonstrative pronoun)
That book
is good. (demonstrative adjective + noun)
Normally we use demonstrative pronouns for things only. But we can use them for people when the person is identified. Look at these examples:

This is Josef speaking. Is that Mary?
That sounds like John.
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