Demonstrative pronoun

Target audience: beginners.

The demonstrative pronouns are a set of [[ pronoun|pronouns]] that allow speakers to refer to things by their nearness or farness (see [[deixis ]]). In English, we have this/these (near) and that/those (far). Other languages distinguish three degrees of demonstratives, as did earlier versions of English (this, that, yonder).

This nearness can be spatial, temporal, or used in a more abstract sense.

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