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Definition of "this" [this]

  • Used to refer to the person or thing present, nearby, or just mentioned: This is my cat. These are my tools. (pronoun)
  • Used to refer to what is about to be said: Now don't laugh when you hear this. (pronoun)
  • Used to refer to the present event, action, or time: said he'd be back before this. (pronoun)
  • Used to indicate the nearer or the more immediate one: This is mine and that is yours. (pronoun)
  • Being just mentioned or present in space, time, or thought: She left early this morning. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "this" in a sentence
  • "If you've been following the news this week on hot dogs and choking, it's likely you have an opinion on the suggestion to "redesign"  this popular kids 'food, particularly if you have young children."
  • "It makes the psychological analysis an end point or the penultimate point before, "and this is stupid, so shut up" when literary analysis starts out in the psychological world presented in the text and then moves outward to consider why the author created the scene/world, and why it was portrayed _this_ way and not _that_ way, or what it may mean that this scene parallels or contrasts another scene somewhere else in the text."
  • "A quick note before I log off for a softball game later this evening: As you have noticed over the last few months..this blog has been all over the place."