Demonstrative Pronouns

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1.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here?  Look at ______ man over there! He's wearing a colorful hat!  

Answer: That
Explanation:
The correct answer is "that" because it is used to refer to something that is farther away from the speaker or the person being spoken to. In this case, the speaker is referring to a man who is wearing a colorful hat, indicating that the man is not close to them.
2.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here?  Her new house cost about two and a half million dollars. ______ a lot of money.  

Answer: That's
Explanation:
The phrase "Her new house cost about two and a half million dollars" indicates a specific amount of money. The correct answer "That's" is used to refer back to the previous statement and acknowledge that the mentioned amount is indeed a lot of money.
3.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? Hello. ______ Patrick. Can I speak to Murray, please?  

Answer: This is
Explanation:
The correct answer is "This is" because the speaker is introducing themselves on the phone. They are saying "Hello, this is Patrick" to identify themselves before asking to speak to Murray.
4.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? ______ boots she is wearing look very expensive.  

Answer: Those
Explanation:
The correct answer is "Those." The word "boots" is plural, so we need to use a plural demonstrative pronoun to refer to them. "Those" is the appropriate choice because it is used to refer to objects that are close to the speaker and the person being spoken to.
5.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? My grandmother never wore trousers when she was young. In ______ days it wasn't acceptable.  

Answer: Those
Explanation:
The correct answer is “those” because it is referring to plural days in the past. 
6.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? I'm going to London again ______ weekend. Do you want to come?  

Answer: This
Explanation:
The correct answer is "this" because the sentence is referring to the upcoming weekend. "This" is used to indicate something that is close in time or proximity to the speaker, in this case, the weekend that the speaker is referring to.
7.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? Yes, let's go to the restaurant tonight. _______ a great idea.  

Answer: That is
Explanation:
The correct answer is "That is" because it agrees with the singular subject "a great idea." "This is" would be used for a singular object close to the speaker, while "These are" and "Those are" would be used for plural objects.
8.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? What's the name of ______ song by Robbie Williams we heard yesterday?  

Answer: That
Explanation:
The correct answer is "that" because it refers to a singular noun (song) that is not close to the speaker but was mentioned earlier in the conversation (yesterday).
9.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? Oh, I love ______ pair of trousers. I'm going to buy myself a pair!  

Answer: Those
Explanation:
In the sentence, you are expressing your admiration for a specific pair of trousers. When you say "those pair of trousers," you are referring to a particular pair of trousers that you are currently looking at or have in mind. "Those" is a demonstrative pronoun that indicates a specific set of items that are a bit distant from the speaker. In this context, you're talking about a specific pair of trousers that you have seen or have in mind, so "those" is the appropriate choice.
10.

What demonstrative pronoun should be used here? Here we are. ______ is where I live.  

Answer: This
Explanation:
The correct answer is "This". The sentence suggests that the speaker is referring to something close to them, indicating proximity. "This" is used to refer to something singular and nearby, making it the appropriate choice in this context.
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