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Read the Use of this and that for Class 1 English

We use the words ‘this’ and ‘that’ to point at people or things as it is used to indicate their position with respect to the noun present in the sentence. The learning concept will cover the use of this and that for class 1 and show their examples in sentences. The students will be introduced to the basic rules of using them and the mindmap to have a better understanding of the concept.

In this learning concept, the students will be taught to:

  • Use of this and that when talking about people, places and things.
  • Understand the difference between the words this and that.

Each concept is explained to class 1 students using examples, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.
Download the worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions for the use of ‘this and that’ provided in PDF format.

Use of ‘this’:

‘This’ is a word used to talk about a person, animal, or thing near us.

1. We used the word ‘this’ to talk about the ball that is very near to the speaker. Since we are referring to one single object (the ball), we use the word ‘this’.

Example of ‘this’

2. Priya is talking to her sister, Sana, who is standing very close to her. Therefore, we used ‘this’ to talk about a singular person.

Example of ‘this’

Let’s look at a few examples where we used ‘this’:

Example of ‘this’
Example of ‘this’
Example of ‘this’
Example of ‘this’

Use of That:

‘That’ is a word used to talk about a person, animal, or thing far away from us or not near us.

Examples:

1. Here, we used the word ‘that’ to talk about the ball that is far away from the speaker. In the above picture, we are referring to one single object (the ball), that’s why we used ‘that’.

Example of ‘that’

2. Priya is showing her brother, Rahul, who is standing at a distance. Therefore, we used ‘that’ to indicate a singular person.

Let’s look at a few examples where we used ‘that’:

Example of ‘that’
Example of ‘that’
Example of ‘that’
Example of ‘that’
Example of ‘that’

Common Mistakes:

1. Don’t use ‘this’if you want to talk about more than one person, animal, or thing near us.

Examples:

Incorrect use of ‘this’
Incorrect use of ‘this’

We use ‘this’ only to indicate one person, animal, or thing near us.

2. Don’t use ‘that’ if you want to talk about more than one person, animal, or thing that is far away from us.

Examples:

Incorrect use of ‘that’
Incorrect use of ‘that’

We use ‘that’ to refer to one person, animal, or thing not near us or far away from us.

Concept map for this and that
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