Term: Demonstrative Pronouns


This; that; these; those; none and neither are Demonstrative Pronouns that substitute nouns when the nouns they replace can be understood from the context. They also indicate whether they are replacing singular or plural words and give the location of the object:


This: singular and near the speaker

That: singular and at a distance from the speaker

These: plural and near the speaker

Those: plural and at a distance from the speaker

Eg. 1.: You take these bags and I'll take those. - ("Those" refers to bags that are at a distance from the speaker.)

Eg. 2: We bought this last year - ("This" refers to something that is sing., near the speaker and readily understood in the context of the conversation.)


See Also: Demonstrative; Pronouns; Reflexive Pronoun; Possessive Adjective; Demonstrative Adjective; Personal Pronoun; Possessive Pronoun; Reflexive Pronoun; Interrogative Pronoun; Negative Pronoun; Reciprocal Pronoun

Category: Pronouns

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