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Demonstrative pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar Italian

What is a demonstrative pronoun?
In English the demonstrative pronouns are this, that, these and those. They are used instead of a noun to point out people or things, for example, That’s my brother.

1  Using demonstrative pronouns

  • These are the demonstrative pronouns in Italian:
MasculineFeminineMeaning
Singularquesto
quello
questa
quella
this, this one
that, that one
Pluralquesti
quelli
queste
quelle
these, these ones
those, those ones
  • The demonstrative pronoun must agree with the noun it is replacing.
Questo è mio marito.This is my husband.
Questa è camera mia.This is my bedroom.
Questi sono i miei fratelli.These are my brothers.
Quali scarpe ti metti? – Queste.Which shoes are you going to wear?
– These ones.
Qual è la sua borsa? – Quella.Which bag is yours? – That one.
Quelli quanto costano?How much do those cost?
  • Note that quello and quella can also be used to mean that man and that woman.
Dice sempre bugie quello.That man is always telling lies.
Conosci quella?Do you know that woman?
Key points
  • The demonstrative pronouns in Italian are questo and quello.
  • Questo and quello have masculine, feminine, singular and plural forms.
  • They agree with the nouns they replace.

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