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Demonstrative Pronouns

Using Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns                 

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.

Common Core Language Standard 1

Demonstrative pronouns are different than demonstrative adjectives. The only difference is that the former stands on its on while the latter connects to a following noun. Both rely on our knowledge of distance for proper usage.

Today’s grammar and usage lesson is on demonstrative pronouns. Remember that a pronoun takes the place of a noun.

Now let’s read the grammar and usage lesson and study the examples.

When the words this, that, these, and those take the place of nouns, they are called demonstrative pronouns. The words this (singular) and these (plural) are close to the writer (speaker). The words that (singular) and those (plural) are away from the writer (speaker). If the demonstrative pronoun has a vague (unclear) reference to its noun, add the noun after the pronoun.

Examples: this right here, that over there, these up close, those far away

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to grammar and usage lesson.

Practice: This right there is heavier than these over here. This is lighter than this other car.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Grammar and Usage Practice Answers:

This right here is heavier than those over there. This is lighter than that other car.


That right there is heavier than these over here.

That is lighter than this other car.

Now let’s apply what we have learned.

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a demonstrative pronoun.


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