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Demonstrative adjectives & pronouns

Demonstrative Adjectives & Pronouns

Learning Objectives 

  • Refer to objects at different distances using demonstrative adjectives. 
  • Use demonstrative pronouns to state preferences. 
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Key Words & Phrases

* The Real Academia Española (RAE) has changed the spelling rules for demonstrative pronouns. While you may still come across the words above with tildes, the currently accepted spelling is to write them without. Read more about this here.

  • ¿Qué es esto? 
    • Este vestido es un regalo. 
  • ¿Qué son estos? 
    • Estos son mis pantalones nuevos. 
  • ¿Prefieres ésta o ésa? 
    • Prefiero esa blusa. 
  • ¿Quieres éste o ése? 
    • Quiero este abrigo.




Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below.

  • Describe the clothing in the image using the demonstratives adjectives, the verb ser and colors. Use the prompt in brackets to tell if the item is here, there, or over there. 
    • ____ vestido ____ ____. (here)
    • ____ camisa ____  ____ . (there)
    • ____ pantalones ____ ____ . (there)
    • ____ abrigo ____  ____. (here)
    • ____ blusas ____ ____ . (here) 
    • ____ trajes ____ ____ . (over there)

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below.

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • While practicing with a partner, point to something in the room that is near you and ask ¿qué es esto? Your partner will tell you what it is and then point to something further away, asking you ¿qué es eso?Now you have to respond by using a demonstrative adjective to describe the article. After you correctly describe it, choose a new item and ask ¿qué es esto? And then your partner describes it. 

Independent Speaking Exercise:

  • Around your house, practice demonstratives by choosing different objects. Based on whether they are male or female, plural or singular, use the correct demonstrative given its location relative to you (here, there, or over there). For example, esta silla, estas sillas, esa, silla esas sillas, aquella silla, aquellas sillas

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module.

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