Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives

Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives :

The Definite Demonstratives are very frequently used to point out the Noun which stands as Antecedent to some Relative Pronoun following.

1. This man whom you see here arrived only this morning.
2. That book which you are reading is mine.
3. He is not such a clever student as you are.
4. You are reading the same book that I read many years ago.


It depends upon the sense whether these are Demonstrative Adjectives, Adjectives of Quantity or Adjectives of Number.


(1) Some man called here today. (Indefinite Demonstrative Adjective)
(2) Give me some bread. (Indefinite Quantitative Adjective)
(3) Give me some loaves of bread. (Indefinite Numeral Adjective)


(1) Take any book that you like. (Indefinite Demonstrative Adjective)
(2) He has not had any bread. (Indefinite Quantitative Adjective)
(3) Did you bring any loaves? (Indefinite Numeral Adjective)

Both of these Adjectives are Indefinite. But, as may be seen from the following examples, SOME is the less Indefinite of the two.

1. Would any man take money from the poor? Yes, some men would.
2. Take any books that you like. But you must take some.
3. Can you come some time today? Yes, at any time you like.

In a question SOME often anticipates or hopes for an affirmative answer where ANY leaves the question open.

1. Have you some eggs you could sell me? (=I hope you have).
2. Have you any eggs you could sell me? (= you may or may not have.)


  1. The Adjective
  2. An Adjective
  3. Attribute Position of Adjective
  4. Predicative Position of Adjective
  5. Kinds of Adjectives
  6. Proper Adjectives
  7. Descriptive Adjectives
  8. Quantitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quantity )
  9. Qualitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quality )
  10. Numeral Adjectives ( Adjectives of Number )
  11. Definite Numeral Adjectives
  12. Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
  13. Demonstrative Adjectives ( Demonstrative Adjective )
  14. Definite Demonstrative Adjectives
  15. Definite Demonstratives
  16. Indefinite Demonstrative Adjectives
  17. Indefinite Demonstratives
  18. Distributive Adjectives
  19. Interrogative Adjectives
  20. Exclamatory Adjectives
  21. Possessive Adjectives
  22. Possessive Determiners
  23. First Person Possessive Adjectives
  24. Second Person Possessive Adjectives
  25. Third Person Possessive Adjectives
  26. Emphasizing Adjectives
  27. Coordinate Adjectives
  28. Paired Adjectives
  29. Cumulative Adjectives
  30. Non-Coordinate Adjectives
  31. Two Uses of Adjectives
  32. Attributive Use of Adjectives
  33. Predicative Use of Adjectives
  34. The Degrees of Comparison
  35. Comparison of Adjectives
  36. Latin Comparatives of Adjectives
  37. Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives
  38. Formation of Comparatives and Superlatives
  39. Formation of Comparative and Superlative
  40. Uses of Quantitative Adjectives
  41. Uses of Numeral Adjectives
  42. Definite Numeral Quantities
  43. Uses of Distributive Phrases
  44. Uses of Distributive Adjectives
  45. Example Sentences with suitable Adjectives
  46. Uses of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives
  47. Uses of Positive Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  48. Uses of Comparative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  49. Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  50. Use of The Comparative Degree
  51. OTHER after Positives and Comparatives
  52. Preferables in English Grammar
  53. Double Comparatives
  54. Double Superlatives
  55. Comparatives which have lost their force
  56. Latin Comparatives
  57. English Comparatives
  58. Adjectives used as Nouns
  59. Adjectives in Pairs
  60. Adjectives preceded by THE
  61. Position of Adjectives
  62. Adjectives Used Attributively
  63. Adjectives Used Predicatively
  64. The Adjective Clause

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