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    Question Why....?

    Why do we use the "that's" in the following words??? What do they function?
    Can't we use them alone??? Are they same with their alone states???



    That's OK.
    That's great.

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    Can anybody help?


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    Hello, Kerim,
    That's OK =OK
    That's great =Great.
    That's wonderful = Wonderful.
    And so on. That's OK is a complete sentence. But people like to be economical, so they just say OK.
    I think it's ellyptical, the same as Don't know = I don't know.

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    I think "that's ok" stands for "that is ok" and this is the point, isn't it? It's a complete sentence, as Humble wrote.

    Nyggus

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    "That" is a demonstrative pronoun. We usually use it to indicate something that is not near to us. So I might say, "That's a nice hat you're wearing."

    In a phrase like "That's OK", it's a bit more abstract. "That thing you just mentioned -- it's OK."

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    Re: Why....?

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss
    "That" is a demonstrative pronoun. We usually use it to indicate something that is not near to us. So I might say, "That's a nice hat you're wearing."

    In a phrase like "That's OK", it's a bit more abstract. "That thing you just mentioned -- it's OK."
    Thanks Rewboss for clarifying !
    Nyggus

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    Thanks folks!

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