What does "this" mean in the following sentences?

"My father bought me this great Elbow CD for my birthday."

"Have you heard of La Tolteca? It's this excellent Mexican place near Danny's house."

"After that, I visited this cute little shop that sold hair ties."

*Note: I am a native speaker, but I'm trying to figure out how to explain the use of "this" to my EFL students.

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  • 7 years ago
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    If the thing it refers to isn't actually present, then it's just a substitute for the indefinite article (a or an). It's really an informal usage; in formal usage, the indefinite article would be used.

  • 7 years ago

    "THIS" refers to mention aparticular thing in a sentence.

    in the

    1st sentence this refers to the great elbow cd

    2nd sntence refers to mexican place

    3rd sentence refers to the cute little shop there

  • Nelson
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    this is used to call special note or attention to the object following 'this;,

  • This means the thing which is pointed or isolated.

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