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    Is this/that Mr Brown?

    How would you native speakers respond to this question? 'Yes, this/that is Mr Brown' or 'Yes, it's Mr Brown' or 'Yes, he is' or anything else?

    We've been arguing about this seemingly simple question and no one can find a persuasive answer from any grammar book. We need your kind help. Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Is this/that Mr Brown?

    Where is Mr. Brown standing in the room, and what is the question being asked?

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    Default Re: Is this/that Mr Brown?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Where is Mr. Brown standing in the room, and what is the question being asked?
    If I asked you about a man not far from us,‘Is that Mr Brown?’or, if he was near us, and I whispered into your ear,‘Is this Mr Brown?’,how would you respond,supposing the man is Brown?

    Thank you,David L.
    Last edited by joham; 08-Nov-2008 at 07:54. Reason: something added.

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    Default Re: Is this/that Mr Brown?

    "Is that Mr. Brown?"
    Answer: "Yes"

    "Is that Mr. Brown?" (Some uncertainty as to which of the people in the room is Mr. Brown. 'that' is stressed.)
    "Yes, it is." or "Yes, that's him."

    "Who's that?" or "Who's that man over there?"
    Answer: either "Mr. Brown" or "That's Mr. Brown."

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