Are you among those people who generally get confused with the Demonstrative Adjectives and Demonstrative pronouns? Then this blog is just for you. The confusion is due to the fact that some words are used as demonstrative pronouns and also as demonstrative adjectives.
The four demonstrative pronouns words are:
The only difference between the demonstrative pronoun and a demonstrative adjective is that an adjective will aim to modify the nouns of the sentences and it is followed by a noun. But in the case of demonstrative pronoun, it will replace the noun of the sentence.
Rules for Demonstrative Pronouns
In English grammar, the demonstrative pronouns are the words that generally replace the nouns and help in identifying something very specific about it.
- They can also be used to precede in the sentence with the antecedent.
- The Demonstrative Pronouns are very specific in case of time and space.
- They can be either singular or plural.
- Demonstrative Pronouns are used to identify the nouns that can be replaced.
With the singular and plural demonstrative pronoun, you can help yourself in indicating a person or persons OR things or thing. These things or persons can be far or near to the speaker.
Have a look at the examples to understand it in a better way.
- This bag is smelling very bad
(The word ‘this’ shows that the bag is close to the speaker)
- That girl is looking very pretty.
(The word “that” indicates that the girl is far from the speaker.)
Example Sentences using Demonstrative Pronouns
Here are some examples which will help you in identifying the demonstrative pronouns in sentences. (The bolded words are the demonstrative pronoun.)
- These rotten eggs are smelling very bad.
- Those girls are wearing beautiful dresses.
- These are obedient children.
- This is my father’s suit.
- Felix selected that.
- That may take some time to finish.
- Tess, would you please send this?
- This is my mother’s sweet home.
- That looks like a fox.
- These are nice flowers but smell bad.
- Those are wild animals and very dangerous.
- This is my school where I come daily to learn.
- That is not a playground but kids play.
- These are my favorite dishes.
- Those are my clothes.
- This is very yummy!
- I would like those, please.
- I am not sure that is how you do it.
- These are the most comfortable.
- Could you hand me that?
- This is crazy!
- Those belong to Sarah.
- Could you help me move these?
- That is not mine.
- Bring me those.
- I really love to eat this.
- This smell is good.
- That is very costly and I can not afford it.
- I heard that yesterday.
- These are looking perfect.
- I will surely buy these.
- Those are from the village.
- I owned those last month.
- These are very nice.
- Is this yours?
- Did you saw that?
- That is the thing we need to do.
- Is this clear?
- Is that clear?
- That is surely incorrect.
- This is very yummy.
- I like those very much.
- I am sure about that.
- These are really very comfortable.
- Could you please give me that?
- This is really a crazy act.
- Those are very funny.
- Could you please help me to get out of these?
- That is mine and not yours.
- I want all those.
- This tastes very yummy.
- Have you ever seen this?
- These are my good times.
- Do you like eating those.
- That is amazingly beautiful.
- Those were really nice.
So at the end of the session, you are quite familiar with the fact that will help you to identify demonstrative pronouns in a sentence. Moreover, you can now easily distinguish between a demonstrative adjective and a demonstrative pronoun. Therefore there would be no confusion while you are framing sentences. Always ensure that a single demonstrative pronoun can replace a noun, a noun phrase, or a string of noun phrases.