Demonstratives are words that we use to display where something is located in relation to person speaking.

Demonstratives are the words we use to point to something in a situation. Demonstratives are often used to establish a sense of relationship between two things. They can be used to display a physical position. For example: The ball is near Jacob. The word "near" tell us that the general position of the ball. Demonstratives can also be used to display a psychological state. For example: My brother and I are very close. The word "close" in this sentence indicates a sense of a relationship between two siblings. You can also use them to point out specific objects. For example: Have you seen this pair of sneakers. The word "this" singles out a specific pair of sneakers.

There is no general rule for the placement of demonstratives within sentences. They can be found attached to the subject of the sentence or they can freely float around a sentence. The series of worksheets below will help students learn how to identify demonstratives and they will move on to helping students use them in their own sentences.

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Printable Demonstrative Worksheets

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Recognizing Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns point to something specific in a sentence. They can point to something that is either close or far away in distance or time.

Demonstrative Pronouns

Choose the correct demonstrative pronoun from above to complete each sentence.

Using Demonstratives

The demonstratives this/these indicate something that is close to the speaker in distance or time. The demonstratives that/those indicate something that is far away from the speaker in distance or time. Demonstratives can be used as either adjectives or pronouns.

This, That, These, or Those.

Circle the demonstrative pronoun in each sentence.

Demonstratives Worksheet

In each sentence, underline the idea that the demonstrative pronoun refers to.

Complete It!

In each sentence, underline the idea that the demonstrative pronoun refers to.

Underline It!

Underline the demonstrative in each sentence. Indicate whether it is being used as a pronoun or an adjective.

Clarifying Demonstratives

Rewrite the second sentence of each pair to clarify the idea that the demonstrative pronoun this refers to. You may use this, that, these, or those as an adjective (followed by a noun or noun phrase). Rewrite only the second sentence.

Writing with Demonstrative Pronouns

Rewrite each sentence, replacing the subject with a demonstrative pronoun.

Writing with Demonstratives

Write a paragraph about something you did recently. Use at least five demonstrative adjectives and five demonstrative pronouns in your paragraph. Underline the demonstratives.

Demonstrative Pronouns

Rewrite the second sentence in each pair below, using a demonstrative pronoun to simplify it.

Demonstrative Adjectives

Choose the correct demonstrative adjective from above to complete each sentence.

Demonstrative Adjectives

Complete each sentence with this, that, these, or those.

Writing Clearly with Demonstratives

Rewrite the second sentence of each pair to clarify the idea that the demonstrative pronoun this refers to. You may use this, that, these, or those as an adjective (followed by a noun or noun phrase). Rewrite only the second sentence.

Demonstratives Practice

The demonstratives this/these indicate something that is close to the speaker in distance or time. The demonstratives that/those indicate something that is far away from the speaker in distance or time. Demonstratives can be used as either adjectives or pronouns.