Demonstrative Adjectives & Pronouns: This-That-These-Those

Learn how to use demonstrative adjectives and pronouns in English. When a noun or nouns need to be identified, especially in a spatial or positional context, a demonstrative adjective is used.

What are demonstrative adjectives?

The demonstrative adjectives are thisthatthese, and those. They are used to point out specific people or things.

For example:

This train conveys passengers to London.

That dog is so adorable.

These cakes are very quick and easy to make.

Those shoes fit me very well.

This & That

  • This and that are used to modify singular nouns.

For example:

this apple

that table

  • This to indicate someone or something near the speaker.

For example:

This car is cheap.

  • That indicate someone or something far from the speaker.

For example:

That man irritates me!

These & Those

  • These and those are used to modify plural nouns.

For example:

These boys

Those books

  • These to indicate someone or something near the speaker.

For example:

These tomatoes is fresh.

  • Those to indicate someone or something far from the speaker.

For example:

Do not approach those cat.

Difference between Demonstrative Adjectives and Demonstrative Pronouns

The demonstrative pronouns are the same words as the demonstrative adjectives (thisthatthese, and those). They are also used to point out specific people or things. However, they do not modify nouns or pronouns. They stand alone as pronouns.

For example:

This is an enormous field.

Can you see that?

These are my suitcases.

Do not approach those.

 

 

 

4 responses on "Demonstrative Adjectives & Pronouns: This-That-These-Those"

  1. Do not approach those cat? the correct one is ‘Do not approach those cats’ .

  2. Do not approach those cat? the corect one is “Do not approach those cats”

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