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    Arrow Demonstrative article

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hello, would you please tell me what's a demonstrative article, in English?



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    Re: Demonstrative article

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hello, would you please tell me what's a demonstrative article, in English?

    Probably, 'hello' would be enough.

    There is no such thing as 'demonstrative article' in the English language. As far as I know there are two articles: the definite article (the) and the indefinite one (a). Grammarians also single out the 'zero article'.

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    Re: Demonstrative article

    I read this term in a book on toefl. Here is its quote: In the example, the highlighted words are a phrase containing a demonstrative article (this) and a noun (purpose).


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    Re: Demonstrative article

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    I read this term in a book on toefl. Here is its quote: In the example, the highlighted words are a phrase containing a demonstrative article (this) and a noun (purpose).
    'This' is a demonstrative pronoun.

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    Re: Demonstrative article

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    'This' is a demonstrative pronoun.
    There are two sorts of demonstrative:

    demonstrative adjective (as in "this purpose") [sometimes called a 'demonstrative determiner']
    demonstrative pronoun (as in "this is the purpose")

    * Demonstrative determiners
    o I think this sandwich is very tasty.
    o Follow that car!


    * Demonstrative pronouns
    o It doesn't get any better than this.
    o That's amazing!
    Read more here: Demonstrative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Demonstrative article

    Excellent reply, Bobk.

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    Re: Demonstrative article



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    Re: Demonstrative article

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There are two sorts of demonstrative:

    demonstrative adjective (as in "this purpose") [sometimes called a 'demonstrative determiner']
    demonstrative pronoun (as in "this is the purpose")


    Read more here: Demonstrative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I know. Those are terminological differences.
    Here is another division: noun-pronouns and adjective-pronouns.
    And here is one of the arguments: adjectives do not have the category of number in English. How come that 'this' have it if it's an adjective?


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    Re: Demonstrative article

    Some grammarians call "this," "that," "these," and "those" dermonstrative articles.
    [I call them definite determiners.]

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