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Table of contents Chapter 11 11.4 Pronominal demonstrative pronouns

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Chapter 11: Demonstrative pronouns

  11.4 Pronominal demonstrative pronouns

The pronominal demonstrative pronouns are those ones that substitute nouns instead of describing it. To be different from the adjectival demonstrative pronouns they have an accent. The pronunciation of the pronouns is the same; the accent is not a diacritical mark.

  éste, ésta

the object is close to the speaker in terms of time or locally

masculine singular

feminine singular

masculine plural

feminine plural

éste

ésta

éstos

éstas


  ése, ésa

the object is close in terms of time and locally

masculine singular

feminine singular

masculine plural

feminine plural

ése

ésa

ésos

ésas


  aquél, aquélla

the object is quite far in terms of time and locally

masculine singular

feminine singular

masculine plural

feminine plural

aquél

aquélla

aquéllos

aquéllas

The neutral form has no accent because there is no adjectival form of the neutral demonstrative pronouns. For purposes of pronunciation the accents are not needed because they follow anyway the rules of pronunciation. The accent is put exactly where the emphasis is. The accents in the adjectival form are pure luxury to recognise them as adjectival.

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