25 English lessons using 'this'

The most basic way to use the word "this" is to talk about things that are close to you, which you are holding or pointing to:

What is this?

Another common use is to talk about the current time period:

I haven't seen you much this week.

You can also talk about a situation that is ongoing and happening now, or that you're currently discussing:

I can't stand this heat!

Come on, guys. I don't think this is a good idea.

"This" can also be used as an article (like "the" or "a") for telling stories about a specific thing:

This weird guy started asking us a bunch of questions.