Demonstrative pronouns: About this and that
Demonstrative pronouns are used to point to people, places or things in a sentence. More specifically, they are used to indicate proximity or distance – in time or space – between the speaker and the person, place or thing being referred to. This type of pronouns can therefore help make your communication more precise and effective.
The four most common demonstrative pronouns in English are ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘these’ and ‘those’. In Danish, they are roughly equivalent to 'den her', 'den der', 'de her' and 'de der'.
While ‘this’ is used to refer to something nearby or close, ‘that’ is used to indicate that something is far or further away. 'These' and 'those' are used (like ‘this’ and ‘that’) to refer to something, but in the plural form.
|Singular||this ||that |
|Plura||these ||those |