Demonstrative Adverbs in English Grammar

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.

Demonstrative Adverbs

What Are Demonstrative Adverbs?

As you may know already, we have four demonstrative pronouns (or determiners) in the English language:

  1. This
  2. That
  3. These
  4. Those

Of these four, two can also act as demonstrative pronouns. The two demonstrative adverbs in the English language are:

Demonstrative Adverbs in English

  1. This
  2. That

'That' as a Demonstrative Adverb

  1. The word 'that' can act as an adverb (also called intensifier) that modifies an adjective or another adverb.
  2. We use "that + adjective" usually in negative sentences.
  3. 'That' in this usage has an additional stress in spoken language.

'Have you met Mary . She's the nicest person . ' 'She's not that nice . '

It means the second person doesn't think she is as nice as they are saying, that she isn't very nice.

My lunch wasn't that good .

'This' as a Demonstrative Adverb

  1. The word 'this' can act as an adverb (also called intensifier) that modifies an adjective or another adverb.
  2. It is usually used in spoken English with a hand gesture to say how big, how much, etc. something is.
  3. We use "this + adjective/adverb" usually in negatives and questions.
  4. 'This' in this usage has an additional stress in spoken language.

The strange animal was about this high and this wide .

I've never lost this much money on a bet before .

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