demonstrative pronoun


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demonstrative pronoun

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns used to replace nouns or noun phrases in a sentence, representing that which is nearby or far away in space or time.
Because demonstrative pronouns are less specific than the nouns or noun phrases they replace, you must use context to clarify what is being referred to. In spoken English, this can mean having to gesture toward, point to, or look at the thing or things indicated by the demonstrative pronoun. In written English, demonstrative pronouns are usually used to refer to previously mentioned nouns, ideas, or topics.
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demonstrative pronoun

A pronoun that specifies a particular person or thing, such as “this, that, or those.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demonstrative pronoun - a pronoun that points out an intended referent
pronoun - a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
Translations
Demonstrativpronomenhinweisendes Fürwort
pronombre demostrativo
mutató névmás
ábendingarfornafn
pronome demonstrativo
ukazovacie zámeno
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However, I felt like a schoolmaster amidst children, and persisted, and presently I had a score of noun substantives at least at my command; and then I got to demonstrative pronouns, and even the verb "to eat.
In her study on the English demonstrative this, Ionin (2006) shows how the demonstrative pronoun has a specific indefinite reading when it is used in its unstressed, phonologically reduced form as in example (3):
a) Demonstrative pronoun them (for standard those) both when preceding a noun (acting as determiner/demonstrative adjective) and when standing alone (demonstrative pronoun):
Notice how the use of a demonstrative pronoun improves the sentence:
The second indefinite pronoun series in Veps is the -se/-ne-series based on the historical demonstrative pronoun se that is attested in other Finnic languages.
Beginning with a demonstrative pronoun, this, the titles--like the arrows themselves--serve to indicate or point: As an arrow points to an object in space, this points to a noun in a sentence.
There are, however, constructions in which the postpositional element is regularly omitted, as in phrases where a demonstrative pronoun (-zih 'this' or -ziya 'that') is the complement.
Does the English demonstrative pronoun 'that' (including complex demonstratives of the form 'that F') have sense and reference?
In this paper, the notion of demonstrative pronoun has been restricted to those cases in which the demonstrative cannot be matched up with an elliptical noun, as in (13).
Also, if 'that' is syntactically a demonstrative, occupying a noun phrase position, then it might seem that we should be able to replace 'that' with another demonstrative pronoun and still end up with a grammatical sentence.
A concept-word combined with the demonstrative pronoun or definite article often has in this way the logical status of proper name in that it serves to designate a single determinate object.