The demonstrative pronouns are used instead of a noun phrase to indicate distance in time or space in relation to the speaker. They also indicate grammatical number – singular or plural.
The demonstrative pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar
- Note that the demonstrative pronouns have the same spelling as demonstrative determiners. See also Determiners. Usually a demonstrative pronoun substitutes for a noun phrase that contains the same word being used as a determiner.
- Would you like to share some of this pizza with me?
- Would you like to share this with me?
- I’d like you to put these things away before we go.
- I’d like you to put these away before we go.
- It is regarded as impolite to use a demonstrative pronoun to refer directly to a person, except when making introductions.
- John, this is Harry Forbes, my colleague.
- This is my husband, Rob.
- Mum, this is my form teacher, Miss Evans.