Demonstrative pronoun

Definition: Demonstrative Pronouns(takes the place of a noun). The demonstrative pronouns have the same use that demonstrative pronouns in any language, but they have some rules thet you have to remember.

NOTE: Remmember this image to know the location of the noun that you're talking about.

Demonstrative pronouns in Japanese


IMPORTANT: When you want to make a question, you have to use do- (ど). For example "hon wa doko desuka" (Where is the book?)

Pronouns for animals and things

There are pronouns that can replace a noun but you only can use them when you talk about animals or things; they are in the table below.

English Japanese Romaji
This one これ kore
That one それ sore
That one (far) あれ are
Which one どれ dore


EXAMPLES:
  • This is my book.
  • こ れ は 私 の 本 で す
  • Kore wa watashi no hon desu

  • That is your car
  • こ れ は あ な た の 自 動 車 で す
  • Are wa anata no jidōsha desu


Pronouns for people

You can use this pronous to talk about people; if you use these pronouns, you have use it before the noun that you're talking about. These pronouns are in the table below.

English Japanese Romaji
This この kono
That その sono
That (far) あの ano
Which どの dono


EXAMPLES:
  • That bag is yours.
  • そ の か ば ん は あ な た の で す
  • Sono kaban wa anata no desu

  • This car is green.
  • こ の 自 動 車 は 緑 で す
  • Kono jidōsha wa midori desu.
    Notice that kono is before the noun jidōsha.


Pronouns for places

You can use these pronouns to talk about an specific place; they are in the table below.

English Japanese Romaji
Here ここ koko
There そこ soko
Over there あそこ asoko
Where どこ doko


EXAMPLES:
  • Your mother are here.
  • あ な た の お 母 さ ん は こ こ に い る
  • Anata no okasan wa koko ni iru

  • Where is your house?
  • あ な た の 家 は ど こ で す か
  • Anata no ie wa dokodesu ka



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