ENGLISH VOCABULARY

DEMONSTRATE

 

To demonstrate something is to show it or provide evidence. The word "demonstrate" is a verb. The simple form of the verb is "demonstrate." The past tense is "demonstrated," and the past participle is "demonstrated."

simple past past participle
demonstrate demonstrated demonstrated

 

 man demonstrating a machine

He's demonstrating how the machine operates.

  • The technician demonstrated the operation of the machine.

  • Can you demonstrate the proper pronunciation of a word for me?

  • Would you mind demonstrating how the oven works?

  • The software was demonstrated for the audience.

  • A  teacher needs to demonstrate his or her competence in the classroom.

  • An effective leader demonstrates integrity.

 

The word "demonstration" is a noun:

  • The audience thanked the young lady for the demonstration of the software. (The word "demonstration" is a noun.)

  • Everyone was impressed by the doctor's demonstration of patience during a difficult surgical procedure.

 

Sometimes the word "demonstrate" is used when there is a protest. A person who demonstrates shows opposition to a person or a group in power.

  • Protesters demonstrated against the use of force by police.

  • Former workers at that company are demonstrating against unfair labor practices.

  • A large gathering of women demonstrated against the inappropriate behavior of the President.

  • The demonstrators are carrying signs and chanting slogans. (A person who demonstrates is called a demonstrator.")

  • The demonstration was attended by well over a thousand people. (The word "demonstration" is a noun.)

demonstraters

They're demonstrating in favor of new laws that would protect bicyclists who use city streets.

 

The adjective form of "demonstrate" is "demonstrable."  The adverb form of this word is "demonstrably."

  • To become an astronaut requires a demonstrable knowledge of physics.

  • Working in a coal mine has resulted in demonstrable physical injuries for thousands of coal miners.

  • A comparison between the two machines shows that the older machine is demonstrably inefficient.

  • Claims made during the trial by the defendant were demonstrably false.

 

 

 

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