If we talk about 1 person or thing, this is Singular. If we talk about more than 1 then this is Plural.
For more, see Singular and Plural Nouns in English Grammar.
Pronouns are words which can be used in place of nouns in a sentence. For example:
William took the ball and then William kicked the ball.
becomes, with pronouns:
William took the ball and then he kicked it.
For more, see Pronouns in English Grammar.
A Noun is a major part of speech; a good, general, definition of a noun is that it is something which is used to name an object or thing:
car, door, elephant...
For more, see Nouns in English Grammar.
An Adjective is a word we use to describe a noun:
big, red, boring book
For more, see Adjectives in English Grammar.
A demonstrative pronoun is a
There are four demonstrative pronouns in the English language:
Did you see this?
My mum likes these better.
What is that over there?
She never reads those.
A good way to think about demonstrative pronouns is to imagine pointing at the subject!
Types of Demonstrative Pronouns
Simply put, these are the differences between the 4 different demonstrative pronouns.
Singular: this, that
Plural: these, those
Near: this, these
Far: that, those
Demonstrative Pronoun or Demonstrative Adjective?
Although demonstrative pronouns and
- A demonstrative pronoun is used instead of a noun.
- A demonstrative adjective is used to modify a noun.
So in this example the demonstrative pronoun that replaces a noun:
Did you see the sudden flash of lightening over the valley?
Did you see that?
Meanwhile, a demonstrative adjective modifies the noun and distinguishes it from many others:
Did you see the man who was wearing a bright yellow suit at the funeral?
Did you see that man?
So demonstrative pronouns replace a noun and end a clause or sentence while demonstrative adjectives come before a noun or noun phrase.