これ、それ、あれ、どれ : this, that, that (over there), which one

これ、それ、あれ and どれ are demonstrative pronouns. The Japanese equivalents to the English “this” “that” and “which one” are これ、それ、あれ and どれ. When referring to people, don’t use demonstrative pronouns.

これ indicates a thing near the speaker.

それ indicates a thing near the listener.

あれ indicates a thing away from both.

When referring to people, don’t use demonstrative pronouns.

 

This That That Which one…?
これ それ あれ どれ

 

 

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