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English learning the basics this / that / these / those

What will I learn from the English lesson  learning basics words this / that / these / those?

During this English lesson you will start learning how to use the words this / that / these / those and what the meaning if each word is. The lesson will then show examples of how to use each word in a sentence.

What does each word mean?

This=> An object  near you / thing  near you / A Person near you

These => An object by near you / thing  by near you / A Person by near you

That => An object far away from you / thing  far away from you/ A Person far away from you

Those => An object far away from you / thing far away from you / A Person far away from you

Examples of how to use each

This=> An object  near you / thing  near you / A Person near you

Use this to tell when something is close to the speaker or object / thing.

what's that? it's a book English lesson using this that those and these   

What's this? 

This is a book     

This glass is empty English lesson on this that those and that This glass is empty      This personal computer is broken this that those English lesson

This computer is really old and slow

now I need to buy a new one

This => singular (singular = 1)

These => An object by near you / thing  by near you / A Person by near you

Use these to tell when something is close to the speaker or object / thing.

These clothes are mine English lesson this that those and that   

These clothes are mine     

These books are mine English lesson this that those that These books are to help me study      these children have been really good today English lesson

These children have been dancing 

to my singing all morning

These => plural     (plural = more than 1)

That => An object far away from you / thing  far away from you/ A Person far away from you

Use that to tell when something is far from the speaker or object / thing.

that is my school bus this that those these English lesson   

That is my school bus I 

run or I will miss catching it     

aeroplane is far away this that those and this English lesson

That aeroplane is very high in the sky  

This personal computer is broken this that those English lesson

That is my sons computer he use's it 

to do is homework and browse the internet

That => singular (singular = 1)

Those => An object far away from you / thing far away from you / A Person far away from you

Use those to tell when something is far from the speaker or object / thing.

these children have been really good today English lesson   

Those children over there 

look to be having a great time

These books are mine English lesson this that those that

Those books he is carrying

must be very heavy    

These clothes are mine English lesson this that those and that

Those clothes need washing and ironing 

before we go on holiday.

Those => plural     (plural = more than 1)

Contracted that with the verb be

You will find word "that" is very often contracted with the singular form of the verb "be"

That is a car. = That's a car.

That is my husband, Mr Bean. = That's my husband, Me Bean.

Why contracted "that" with the singular form of the verb "be"? (lesson on verb be click on link)

When talking with someone else "That's"  sounds a lot better, That's my husband, Mr Bean. Than That is my husband, Mr Bean.

Try saying both a loud and see the difference.

"That" can only be singular it is impossible to contracted in to the plural form:  ** That're (BIG NO) **

Can this, these, and those take contractions?

It is impossible for this, these, and those to take any form of contractions.

This and that can also be used with one.

This and that can also be used with one. However, these and those are more commonly used alone.

I want this one.         I want these. (not these ones)

I'll take that one.       I'll take those.

Using this and that on the telephone

When talking on the telephone, this and that are used differently in the UK than America when identifying callers.

Mr Bean : Hello Mr Bean speaking.

Sales person : Hello, would you be interested in buying some of our products we sell

Mr Bean :  Who is that? 

Mr Bean :  Who is this? (American)

Sales person : This is Mr.Jones from hair and beauty products Company.

Example number 2

Mr Jones : Hi Mr Bean. Long time no see!

Mr Bean : Is that Mr Bean? What a pleasant surprise how are you?

Mr Bean : Is this Mr Bean? What a pleasant surprise how are you? (American)

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