Neutral demonstrative pronouns: esto, eso, aquello

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Neutral demonstrative pronouns: esto, eso, aquello

Neutral demonstrative pronouns are used when the gender of the 'thing' you are referring to is unknown or irrelevant. Their use depends on the distance between you and the 'thing' you are referring to:

  • Near Esto (this)

—¿Qué es esto? —Es una carta de Betty.

—What's this? —It's a letter from Betty.

  • Medium distance Eso (that)

—¿Has visto ese gatito? —Eso no es un gato, es una rata.

—Have you seen that kitten?—That's not a cat, that's a rat.

  • Far away Aquello (that... over there)

—¿Qué es aquello que vuela?¿Es un pájaro?¿Es un avión? —¡Es Superman!

—What's that flying up there? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? —It's Superman!


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