• English grammar
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  • 1 English alphabet
  • 2 English pronunciation and phonetics [0/3]
  • 3 English articles [0/9]
  • 4 English pronouns [0/39]
  • 4.1 English personal pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.2 English impersonal pronouns (it, there, ...) [0/4]
  • 4.3 English object pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.4 English possessive pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.5 English reflexive pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.6 English reciprocal pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.7 English demonstrative pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.8 English relative pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.9 English indefinite pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.10 English interrogative pronouns [0/4]
  • 5 English nouns [0/16]
  • 6 English adjectives [0/38]
  • 6.1 Adjectives of quality in English [0/4]
  • 6.2 Demonstrative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.4 Quantity adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.5 Interrogative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in English [0/8]
  • 6.7 Comparatives and superlatives [0/10]
  • 7 English adverbs [0/18]
  • 7.1 Position of adverbs in English [0/2]
  • 7.2 Adverbs of manner in English [0/2]
  • 7.3 Adverbs of place in English [0/2]
  • 7.4 Adverbs of time in English [0/2]
  • 7.5 Adverbs of quantity in English [0/2]
  • 7.6 Adverbs of frequency in English [0/2]
  • 7.7 Adverbs of degree in English [0/2]
  • 7.8 Adverbs of probability and certainty in English [0/2]
  • 7.9 Adverbs of opinion and observation in English [0/2]
  • 8 English prepositions [0/12]
  • 9 English verbs [0/122]
  • 9.1 Present tenses in English [0/29]
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  • Exercise about all present tenses in English (Score -/-)Free
  • Mixed present tenses exercise in English (Score -/-)Free
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  • 9.1.1 Present simple tense in English [0/5]
  • 9.1.2 Present continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.3 Present simple vs present continuous in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.4 Present perfect tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.5 Present perfect continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.6 Difference past simple and present perfect in English [0/4]
  • 9.2 Past tenses in English [0/20]
  • 9.3 Future tenses in English [0/21]
  • 9.4 Auxiliary verbs in English [0/9]
  • 9.5 Present participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.6 Past participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.7 Modal verbs in English [0/11]
  • 9.8 Phrasal verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.9 Regular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.10 Irregular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.11 Gerund (-ing form) in English [0/8]
  • 9.12 Infinitive verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.13 Imperative in English [0/2]
  • 9.14 Reported speech in English [0/2]
  • 9.15 Active and passive voice in English [0/2]
  • 10 English conditionals [0/20]
  • English demonstrative pronouns

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    What are demonstrative pronouns?

    Demonstrative pronouns are used to point to something and determine their location in time and space (distance). As with other pronouns, they replace the noun and stand on their own, therefore, generally it is necessary that the noun they replace has already been discussed or the context is understandable by the listener or reader. 

    There are only four demonstrative pronouns - this, that, these, those. They only differ whether they are used to refer to a singular or plural noun and based on whether they are close or far in time and space. The rules from the table below are applicable in all cases:

      Close Far
    Singular This That
    Plural These Those

    Demonstrative pronouns list: this, that, these, those

    Demonstrative pronouns with examples:

    • This is amazing.
    • These are my new ropes. What do you think?
    • I don't think those will fit your style.
    • I want to try that in the future. 

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    Difference between demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives

    Demonstrative pronouns and demonstrative adjectives use the same words we already showed you in this lesson. However, they are used to express different things as you can see in the table below: 

    Demonstrative Use when Example
    Pronoun It can stand alone and the context is known. It replaces the noun. This is delicious.
    Adjective It qualifies a noun and is placed right before it in a sentence. This cake is delicious.

    Other uses of demonstrative pronouns

    1. We use "This" to present animals, things, places, and people.

    Examples:

    • This is my cat, Roxy.
    • This is Rome. It's beautiful.
    • This is my brother, George.

    2. We use "That" to refer to something in the past:

    • That was incredible.

    3. We previously told you that the context generally needs to be known by the listener. However, in some more rare cases "This" is used to refer to a situation that might not be known by the listener but by the speaker.

    Examples:

    • This is ridiculous. 
    • I can't believe this. I am so angry.

    4. To identify yourself and others on a phone call we use "this" and "that". It is the appropriate phone conversation etiquette.

    • This is Inna calling. Is that Elena?