What is Demonstrative Pronoun?

Demonstrative Pronoun

Demonstrative Pronoun is a pronoun that we use to denote the referring objects showing clearly. We use these pronouns to tell about a person, place, or thing specifically. They can be either singular or plural. The word we use to replace the name of a specific person, place, or thing is a demonstrative pronoun.

Examples of Demonstrative Pronoun 

Here are some examples of demonstrative pronouns. We have an explanation of the demonstrative pronoun used in the sentences.

Have a look-

  • Score more, that’s an intelligent student.

Here, ‘that’ means a student who scores more.

  •  She is the principal of a school, and as such, we should respect her.

Here ‘such’ means the principal of a school.

Demonstrative pronouns tell us whether those are replacing the singular or plural nouns. Mostly we use this, that, these, and those to replace the nouns. 

Out of those pronouns, we use-

  • ‘thisto tell about something close, and
  • ‘thatto tell about something far away from the speaker.

‘This’ and ‘that’ represent a singular noun

  • This flower is more beautiful than that.
  • This is my house.
  • We can see that from here.
  • That is your painting. 

‘That’ and ‘those’ are used to avoid repetition of a noun; as,

  •  The streets of Borivali are better than those of Bandra.
  •  The culture of Mumbai is like that of Pune.

Demonstrative Adjectives

We use demonstrative adjectives with nouns or pronouns. These adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. They cannot stand alone. 

When ‘this’, and ‘that’ are used with nouns are called demonstrative adjectives.

Here are some examples.

In these examples, we didn’t use this, that, these as well as those as a demonstrative pronoun, but demonstrative adjective

Have a look-

  1. This gift is yours.
  2. That gift was mine.
  3. These bags are mine.
  4. Those books are yours.

Go over –

•   Personal  Pronouns

•   Possessive Pronouns

•  Reflexive  Pronouns

•  Emphatic Pronouns

•  Relative Pronouns

•  Interrogative Pronouns

•  Indefinite Pronouns

•  Distributive Pronouns