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Lesson 1.3

Demonstrative Pronouns

Los pronombres demostrativos
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It is important to first explain that demonstrative pronouns can be singular or plural and that they make reference as well to distance.

 this
 that
 these
 those

Examples:

Singular and “here”:

 I like this car.

Singular and “there”:

 I like that car.

Plural and “here”:

 I like these cars.

Plural and “there”:

 I like those cars.

Demonstrative pronouns can be accompanied by a noun, as in the examples above, or they may be found alone, as in the following examples.

Examples:

 This is a good book.
 What is that?

Other Uses of Demonstrative Pronouns

1. We use “this” when we present ourselves to someone on the telephone.

Example:

 Hello. This is Alicia.

2. We use “that” when we are not sure with whom we are speaking.

Example:

 Peter, is that you?

3. We use “this” when we are introducing people.

Example:

 Lucy, this is my friend Jill.

4.“That” can be used to refer to something in the past.

Example:

 That pizza was delicious.

Note:That pizza” can be either a pizza we just finished eating or one that we ate on our holidays last year.

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