This or that?
In English, sometimes these two little words can be confusing. You probably know the rule, but have difficulties using this and that correctly, is that right?
Todays episode will help you use this and that correctly.
First, a big thanks to Cécile, who gives us the perfect way to remember the rule, if you also speak French:
The rule for this in English
This has an i in it, this = i = ici just like ici (that means here in French).
We use this to talk about things near us.
The rule for that in English
That has an a in it, that = a = là-bas (Thats French for over there).
We use that to talk about things away from us.
So, that = a = là-bas
Cecile, the entire community thanks you for this!
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The This vs That Quiz
Now, lets do a quiz. Here are some sentences. Decide to use this or that to complete the sentence?
Then watch the video for the responses!
Hey, look at _________ old telephone over there!
__________ was a good book. Do you want to borrow it?
In the video, you can also meet my good friend Géraldine, the star of Comme Une Française TV in this part of the quiz!
Geraldine: Here, taste _____________. I made it!
Christina: Eww, whats in _______?
Geraldine : _________ just a recipe Im testing. Is it good?
Christina: Have you tasted ___________ stuff?
And heres one last example for this vs that
_______ pen doesnt work. Can you hand me _______ one?
Be sure to watch the video!
You can do the quiz with Géraldine and me, and learn the correct answers to these sentences.
Test yourself even more with this vs that! Heres a this vs that quiz from the British Council
Now, its your turn!
Try to write a few phrases with this vs that in the comments below.
Lets see if you can use these words correctly!
If you make mistakes, thats ok! Dont be afraid to make mistakes. You can learn from your mistakes. And thats always cool.
All the best to you,
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