Demonstrative Adjective :
Demonstrative Adjectives show which or what persons or things are intended to be pointed out. This adjective modify a noun in such a way that we know which specific person, place, or thing is mentioned. These adjectives can be used as Demonstrative Pronouns
. This type of adjective will come just before a noun or pronoun which it modifies and will tell us which one specifically. These have special, peculiar and simple function used to specify a noun and placed close to that noun in a sentence.
Adjectives of this kind are subdivided (as Numeral Adjectives are) into two main classes
1. Adjectives of Definite Demonstrative
2. Adjectives of Indefinite Demonstrative
When a person or thing is pointed out exactly, the Adjective is called a Definite Demonstrative
. The most common Definite Demonstratives are….
1. THIS and THAT (with Singular Nouns)
2. THESE and THOSE (with Plural Nouns)
THIS and THESE are used to indicate the objects which are in front of our eyes. THAT and THOSE are used to indicate the objects which are not in front of our eyes.
1. This pencil is what we need.
2. That pen is what we talk about.
3. Those books were written by my father.
4. These apples are priced higher than normal price.
When the adjective points out in a certain sense, but not exactly, it is called an Indefinite Demonstrative
. The most common Indefinite Demonstratives are….
2. A CERTAIN
5. ANY OTHER
Example Sentences :
1. Any one can come forward to demonstrate this dance.
2. A certain section of students is not allowed inside the school.
Sentences with this type of Adjectives :
1. This man came here today.
2. These dogs belong to him.
3. That boat leaks. Those people will be drowned.
4. This is not the book I chose. I chose the other (book).
5. Such a man as that is to be admired.
6. He said the same thing two or three times.
7. We have to distribute those books to the students.
8. Is there any other item we have to hand over now?
9. Other than your lunch-box, all items are here.
10. A certain amount of money is needed now.
11. Any one can give the answer to this question.
12. He has drawn a picture in such a way that it looks like a dog.
13. You have to bring the same book to the school today.
1. He gave me the choice of certain books.
2. You must take some book or other (book).
Much care is needed in classifying the Adjective SOME.
(a) I have some bread.
Here some denotes quantity - a certain quantity of bread.
(b) I have some loaves.
Here some denotes number - a certain number of loaves, the act number being unspecified.
(c) You must take some book or other.
Here some denotes neither quantity nor number, but is a vague kind of Demonstrative.
The Adjective THE is generally called the Definite Article and a or an is called the Indefinite Article.
AN is used before a vowel or silent h such as…
1. An apple
2. An egg
3. An ink-bottle
4. An heir
5. An hour
6. An honest man
7. An ox
A is used before a consonant, before U sounded as YOO and before O sounded as WU.
1. A kite
2. A cart
3. A bottle
4. A useful thing
5. A unit
6. A one-eyed man
Even before an aspirated H we may use AN, provided the accent is on the second syllable. Thus, we say A HIS-TO-RY. Because here the accent is on the first syllable HIS. But we can say AN HIS-TOR-I-CAL ACCOUNT. Because here the accent is on the second syllable TOR.
RELATED PAGES :
- The Adjective
- An Adjective
- Attribute Position of Adjective
- Predicative Position of Adjective
- Kinds of Adjectives
- Proper Adjectives
- Descriptive Adjectives
Quantitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quantity )
- Qualitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quality )
- Numeral Adjectives ( Adjectives of Number )
- Definite Numeral Adjectives
- Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
- Demonstrative Adjectives
- Definite Demonstrative Adjectives
- Definite Demonstratives
- Indefinite Demonstrative Adjectives
- Indefinite Demonstratives
- Distributive Adjectives
- Interrogative Adjectives
- Possessive Adjectives
- Possessive Determiners
- First Person Possessive Adjectives
- Second Person Possessive Adjectives
- Third Person Possessive Adjectives
- Emphasizing Adjectives
- Coordinate Adjectives
- Paired Adjectives
- Cumulative Adjectives
- Non-Coordinate Adjectives
- Two Uses of Adjectives
- Attributive Use of Adjectives
- Predicative Use of Adjectives
- The Degrees of Comparison
- Comparison of Adjectives
- Latin Comparatives of Adjectives
- Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives
- Formation of Comparatives and Superlatives
- Formation of Comparative and Superlative
- Uses of Quantitative Adjectives
- Uses of Numeral Adjectives
- Definite Numeral Quantities
- Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives
- Uses of Distributive Phrases
- Uses of Distributive Adjectives
- Example Sentences with suitable Adjectives
- Uses of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives
- Uses of Positive Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
- Uses of Comparative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
- Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
- Use of The Comparative Degree
- OTHER after Positives and Comparatives
- Preferables in English Grammar
- Double Comparatives
- Double Superlatives
- Comparatives which have lost their force
- Latin Comparatives
- English Comparatives
- Adjectives used as Nouns
- Adjectives in Pairs
- Adjectives preceded by THE
- Position of Adjectives
- Adjectives Used Attributively
- Adjectives Used Predicatively
- The Adjective Clause
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