We usually hear, "My name is John Smith.", or "This is John Smith."
My question is, in what situations may people say "I am John Smith"?
Last edited by anupumh; 30-Oct-2009 at 16:31.
This is This is is deictic: it represents the person speaking on the other end--at a distance, which seems to be used when you cannot see the person you are talking to, whereas I am is non-deictic: used when you can see the person, or rather, and to be more precise, when you are physically present--up close and center.
What say you?
Last edited by anupumh; 30-Oct-2009 at 17:24.
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But before I can comment on anything, I would need you to explain me all about it..