Demonstrative Pronouns

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Demonstrative pronouns direct attention to a specific person, place, or thing. There are only four demonstrative pronouns: this, that, these and those.

We use this/these to talk about people and things which are close to the speaker.

This/these can refer to situations and experiences which are going on or just about to start.

We use that/those to talk about people and things which are more distant from the speaker, or not present.

That/those can refer to experiences which have just finished, or which are most distant in the past.

Sections in this article

Kinds of pronouns
Personal pronouns
Possessive pronouns
Reflexive pronouns
Demonstrative pronouns
Relative pronouns
Correct usage of personal pronouns