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Chapter The demonstratives: This, these, that, those


The demonstratives « this » and « that » are used either as determiners (they determine the noun and are placed before it), or as pronouns (they replace the noun).

They perform gender and number agreement with the noun they determine or they replace. The plural of « this » is « these » and « that » has the plural « those ».
I have already read this (that) book.
I have already read these (those) books.


That/those are used to express distance:

- Temporal distance (remote time unit, classified in the past):
On that day, he was really ill.

- Spatial distance :
Would you like those pens over there?

- Affective distance :
I hate those horrible paintings.


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