What is a demonstrative pronoun?
Demonstrative pronouns - Easy Learning Grammar Italian
In English the demonstrative pronouns are this, that, these and those. They are used instead of a noun to point out people or things, for example, That’s my brother.
1 Using demonstrative pronouns
- These are the demonstrative pronouns in Italian:
|this, this one|
that, that one
|these, these ones|
those, those ones
- The demonstrative pronoun must agree with the noun it is replacing.
|Questo è mio marito.||This is my husband.|
|Questa è camera mia.||This is my bedroom.|
|Questi sono i miei fratelli.||These are my brothers.|
|Quali scarpe ti metti? – Queste.||Which shoes are you going to wear?|
– These ones.
|Qual è la sua borsa? – Quella.||Which bag is yours? – That one.|
|Quelli quanto costano?||How much do those cost?|
- Note that quello and quella can also be used to mean that man and that woman.
|Dice sempre bugie quello.||That man is always telling lies.|
|Conosci quella?||Do you know that woman?|
- For more information on Demonstrative adjectives, see Demonstrative adjectives.
- The demonstrative pronouns in Italian are questo and quello.
- Questo and quello have masculine, feminine, singular and plural forms.
- They agree with the nouns they replace.