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The demonstrative pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar

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.
 singularplural
near
far
this
that
these
those
  • 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.

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