Beginner English Grammar (A1) Lesson 11 of 25

This, That, These, Those as Determiners

ear four conversations using this, that, these, and those as determiners.

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Conversation 1

Man: Is this your book?
Woman: Yes, that is my book.
Man: And is this your pencil?
Woman: No, that is not my pencil.
Man: Whose pencil is it?
Woman: I am not sure.

Conversation 2

Man: I like these jeans.
Woman: I like those, too.
Man: Do you like this shirt?
Woman: No, but I like that shirt.
Man: The blue one?
Woman: No, the green one.
Man: Hmm, I don't like that color.
Woman: Really? I like it!

Conversation 3

Man: How much is this coffee maker?
Woman: That is ten dollars.
Man: And how much are these plates?
Woman: Those are five dollars each.
Man: What about these?
Woman: Those spoons are one dollar each.
Man: I'll take them all.
Woman: Sold!

Conversation 4

Man: I don’t like this table.
Woman: Why? What is wrong with it?
Man: It is small. And these chairs are not comfortable.
Woman: Okay, where do you want to sit?
Man: Let’s sit at that table over there.
Woman: Okay, but those chairs look small too.
Man: Maybe, but the table is very big.
Woman: Okay! Let’s change tables.

Demonstrative Pronouns

Point 1: Use this and that for singular nouns.
  1. I like this shirt. (close to speaker)
  2. I don't like that shirt. (away from speaker)
  3. Look at that car! (away from speaker)
  4. This bike is nice! (close to speaker)
Point 2: Use these and those for plural nouns.
  1. These jeans are too tight! (close to speaker)
  2. Try those jeans.(away from speaker)
  3. Are these your books? (close to speaker)
  4. No, those books over there are mine. (away from speaker)
Point 3: Speakers sometimes do not mention the noun if the object is clear.
  1. Do you like this shirt?
    1. Do you like this?
  2. What are these items?
    1. What are these?
Answer these questions about the interview.

Gap Fill: Complete the conversation with the correct word!


A1 Grammar
A1-11 Demonstrative Adjectives
I like this shirt. These jeans are nice.

A1 Grammar
A1-12 Demonstrative Pronouns
That is my father. Those are my grandparents

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A1-13 Months
June to September is winter in New Zealand.

A1 Grammar
A1-14 Ordinals
The books are on the fifth floor.

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A1-15 Telling Time
It starts at 6 o'clock.

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