A demonstrative pronoun is a pronoun that is used to point to something specific within a sentence. These pronouns can indicate items in space or time, and they can be either singular or plural.
When used to represent a thing or things, demonstrative pronouns can be either near or far in distance or time:
Because there are only a few demonstrative pronouns in the English language, there are just three simple rules for using them correctly. Remember them and you will have no difficulty using these surprisingly interesting parts of speech.
Demonstrative pronouns can be used in place of a noun, so long as the noun being replaced can be understood from the pronoun's context. Although this concept might seem a bit confusing at first, the following examples of demonstrative pronouns will add clarity.
In the following examples, demonstrative pronouns have been italicized for ease of identification.
This was my mother's ring.
That looks like the car I used to drive.
These are nice shoes, but they look uncomfortable.
Those look like riper than the apples on my tree.
Such was her command over the English language.
None of these answers are correct.
Neither of the horses can be ridden.