Demonstrative Adverbs in English Grammar
In this part you will be learn about demonstrative adverbs, how are they formed, and what kind of demonstrative adverbs does English have.
What Are Demonstrative Adverbs?
As you may know already, we have four demonstrative pronouns (or determiners) in the English language:
Of these four, two can also act as demonstrative pronouns. The two demonstrative adverbs in the English language are:
Demonstrative Adverbs in English
'That' as a Demonstrative Adverb
- The word 'that' can act as an adverb (also called intensifier) that modifies an adjective or another adverb.
- We use "that + adjective" usually in negative sentences.
- 'That' in this usage has an additional stress in spoken language.
It means the second person doesn't think she is as nice as they are saying, that she isn't very nice.
'This' as a Demonstrative Adverb
- The word 'this' can act as an adverb (also called intensifier) that modifies an adjective or another adverb.
- It is usually used in spoken English with a hand gesture to say how big, how much, etc. something is.
- We use "this + adjective/adverb" usually in negatives and questions.
- 'This' in this usage has an additional stress in spoken language.