Demonstrative Pronouns

They are used to indicate a person or an object, as if pointing towards it with a finger. As for the possessives, the adjectives and the pronouns for the demonstratives have the same form. The Demonstrative Pronouns are:

  Singolare Singular   Plurale Plural
Masc. questo this / this one   questi these / these ones
Fem. questa this / this one   queste these / these ones
           
Masc. quello that / that one   quelli those / those ones
Fem. quella that / that one   quelle those / those ones

Examples:

  • Questo č il tuo cane  »  this is your dog, or this one is your dog
  • Quella č mia madre  »  that one (= that woman) is my mother
  • Quelli sono i suoi libri  »  those are his/her books, or those ones are his/her books
  • Queste sono le nostre zie  »  these are our aunts or these ones are our aunts
  • Questa e quella sono identiche   »  this one and that one are identical

These pronouns may be used either as a subject of the sentence (as in the previous examples), or as an object (as in the following sentences), in which case the English translation always includes ...one:

  • (egli / ella) non prese questa, ma quella  »  he / she did not take this one, but that one
  • (tu) comprerai quelli  »  you will buy those ones
  • Domani vernicerņ questi  »  tomorrow I will paint these ones
  • Preferite questo o quello?   »  do you prefer this one or that one?



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