Whether you’re a teacher finishing up a unit or a student wanting to test your knowledge, here is a demonstrative adjectives quiz for you along with a quick explanation of what demonstrative adjectives are and how we use them.
Adjectives in general describe nouns, telling something about their appearance, origin, make-up or character. Adjectives also describe our opinions about nouns. Demonstrative adjectives are a specific class of adjectives that describe which noun we’re talking about through demonstration.
When you think “demonstrative,” think “demonstration,” and then think about the women on The Price is Right who show off the merchandise while Rod Roddy says, “THIS Kenmore Electric Range features a Hidden Bake Element for increased capacity and easy clean up... THIS marvelous prize can be yours if the price is right!” Rod, along with Barker’s Beauties, have just demonstrated to us which stove they’re talking about by pointing, displaying, and using the word “this.”
The demonstrative adjectives in English are:
Unlike other languages that distinguish between masculine and feminine in their adjectives, we only have to deal with distinctions between singular/plural and near/far.
A singular noun that is nearby, for example, would be referred to using “this.” A singular noun that is far away would be referred to using “that.”
A plural noun close at hand would be referred to using “these,” and a plural noun in the distance would be referred to using “those.”
The following might be helpful to students who are learning their demonstratives:
The following demonstrative adjectives quiz is in four parts. Use all four or just one or two sections, depending on your needs. Scroll down to see the answers.
Fill in the lines below with this, that, these and those:
Near: _______ (singular) _______ (plural)
Far: _______ (singular) _______ (plural)
Choose the best answer to each question:
1. Which of the following contains a demonstrative adjective?
a. red socks
b. old socks
c. stinky socks
d. those socks
2. Which of the following contains a demonstrative adjective used correctly?
a. those car
b. this car
c. these car
d. this cars
3. Which sentence DOES NOT use a demonstrative adjective?
a. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
b. That movie was hilarious.
c. I could eat all of these cookies.
d. I couldn’t sleep last night because those dogs were barking.
4. Choose the correct sentence.
a. Maria loves this muffins.
b. Maria loves those muffin.
c. Maria loves these muffins.
d. Maria loves that muffins.
5. Choose the INCORRECT sentence.
a. Sam owns that motorcycle.
b. Sam owns these motorcycle.
c. Sam owns this motorcycle.
d. Sam owns those motorcycles.
Complete the sentences with this, that, these or those:
Correct the mistakes in the following sentences.
Part 1 answers:
Near: This (singular) These (plural)
Far: That (singular) Those (plural)
Part 2 answers:
1.) d. those socks.
2.) d. this car.
3.) a. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
4.) c. Maria loves these muffins.
5.) b. Sam owns these motorcycle.
Part 3 answers:
Part 4 answers: