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    Hi there,
    I want to ask if the following coversation is correct?

    conversation 1
    A: Hello?
    B: Hello.
    A: Is that Mary?
    B: No, who are you?

    conversation 2
    A: This is our house. Come in.
    B: Who is it?
    A: It is my father. Dad, this is my friend.


    thanks a lot
    pete

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    Default Re: who is that?

    Hi there,
    any idea about this thread?

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    Default Re: who is that?

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I want to ask if the following conversation is correct? This is not a question, so you should not use a question mark.
    'Is the following conversation correct?' is a question.

    conversation 1
    A: Hello?
    B: Hello.
    A: Is that Mary?
    B: No, who are you? (not a polite way to ask)


    conversation 2
    A: This is our house. Come in.
    B: Who is he? (not a polite way to ask)
    A: He is my father. Dad, this is my friend.


    thanks a lot
    pete
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    Is "who is it?" wrong 2006? what about "who is that?" ?

    asking about people like "who is ..." when we first meet them is not polite ofcourse but what's your opinion about these 3 options for conversation 2?:

    -Who is it?
    -Who is that?
    -Who is he?

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    Is "who is it?" wrong 2006? We don't normally refer to a person as "it", especially when they can hear us say that.
    It is polite to ask 'Who is this gentleman?' or 'What is this gentleman's name?'


    what about "who is that?" same answer

    asking about people like "who is ..." when we first meet them is not polite ofcourse but what's your opinion about these 3 options for conversation 2?:

    -Who is it?
    -Who is that?
    -Who is he?
    None of the above are polite to say in the presence of the person. But if you are looking at a picture of people with another person, you can ask 'Who is that?' about someone in the picture.

    Who is that (man)(lady)(child)(person)?
    Thank you!
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    Default Re: who is that?

    Hi there,

    But we can say: It is Peter. OR That is Peter. Right?

    Thanks
    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    conversation 1
    A: Hello?
    B: Hello.
    A: Is that Mary?
    B: No, who are you?
    Thank you 2006, "who is this gentelman?" is really good. What about the first conversation ? You probably noticed that it is on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    But we can say: It is Peter. OR That is Peter. Right? yes, when looking at a picture
    Also...

    A. Who is that man standing by the door?
    B. That is Peter.


    A. I just heard that the new manager has been chosen.
    B. Who is it?
    A. It's Peter'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    Thank you 2006, "who is this gentleman?" is really good. What about the first conversation ? You probably noticed that it is on the phone.
    A: Hello?
    B: Hello.
    A: Is that Mary?
    B: No, who is calling, please? (or 'No, what is your name, please.')


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    Default Re: who is that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    Is "who is it?" wrong?
    Okay in similar social settings:
    YouTube - Home Alone - Angels With Filthy Souls (only the clip)

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