Demonstrative pronouns (this, that, ...) in Italian
Italian demonstrative pronouns
Demonstrative pronouns (I pronomi dimostrativi) replace an element in relation to its position in time or space.
They agree on number and gender with the noun they refer to.
Demonstrative pronouns chart
|English||Singular Masculine||Singular feminine||Plural masculine||Plural feminine|
This/These in Italian
Questo is used to indicate elements physically or mentally close to the speaker.
Let's see some practical examples
|La macchina che voglio comprare è questa.||This is the car I want to buy.|
|Mi piacerebbe cenare in un ristorante stasera, ma non so se questo ti piace.||I would like to have dinner in a restaurant tonight, but I don't know if you would like this one.|
|Gli occhiali che indossavi ieri non mi piacevano molto. Questi invece sono più belli.||I didn't really like very much the glasses you wore yesterday. These are more beautiful instead.|
|Domani vorrei indossare delle scarpe rosse. Ti piacciono queste?||I would like to wear red shoes tomorrow. Do you like these ones?|
That/Those in Italian
Quello indicates elements far from the speaker, physically or mentally.
Let's analize the following sentences.
|Il mio gatto è quello nero, non quello bianco.||My cat is the black one, not the white one.|
|In questa foto, mia sorella è quella con il cappello.||In this picture, my sister is the one with the hat.|
|I pronomi dimostrativi sono quelli che non sono accompagnati dal nome.||Demonstrative pronouns are those not accompanied by a noun.|
|Le espressioni in rosso sono quelle che hai scritto in modo sbagliato.||The senteces in red are the ones you wrote in a wrong way.|
Other Italian demonstrative pronouns
Take a look at some other demonstrative pronoun in Italian.
|Venga o non venga per noi è lo stesso.||Whether he comes or not, for us is the same.|
|Ciò che amo di più di Roma è che è una città ricca di storia.||What I really like about Rome is that it is an historically rich city.|
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