What Are Demonstrative Determiners?
English Demonstrative Determiners
There are four demonstrative determiners in English:
A demonstrative determiner can tell us about the location of something relative to our position; they show us how near or far something is. Near and far can refer to distance or time.
|near to us (time-wise/distance-wise)||this||these|
|far from us (time-wise/distance-wise)||that||those|
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Demonstrative Determiners vs. Demonstrative Pronouns
'This,' 'that,' 'these' and 'those' are both demonstrative determiners and demonstrative pronouns. The difference between them is:
- A demonstrative determiner always comes with a noun: that car, those people.
- A demonstrative pronoun always comes alone and is not accompanied by a noun, for example:
Demonstrative determiners are such as demonstrative pronouns, the only difference between these two is that 'determiners' must be followed by nouns. Demonstrative determiners are picked based on their number and distance.
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