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    #1

    This and That

    I have a simple question. When I ask a question with This can I answer It , and the samme with that ?
    Example: What's this? It's a marker or this is a marker?
    What's that? It is a tree or that's a tree?

    I would appreciate your help.
    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: This and That

    Both of answers are correct.
    Last edited by Amal-30; 08-Feb-2010 at 06:11.


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    #3

    Re: This and That

    (Not a teacher)

    Yes, both are correct. However, perhaps it's just my own 'ear', but answering with the same word ('it' or 'that') sounds somewhat cheeky.

    Person 1: What's that?
    Person 2: That's a tree.
    vs.
    Person 1: What's that?
    Person 2: It's a tree.

    The first sounds more abrupt(?) I can't quite put my finger on it, but it sounds somewhat annoyed/abrupt/talking down/talking to a child... Something like that.

    Similarly with the other example:

    Person 1: What's this?
    Person 2: This is a marker.
    vs.
    Person 1: What's this?
    Person 2: It's a marker.

    The first one sounds even more cheeky than the tree example! I can almost imagine Person 2 snatching the marker from Person 1 and saying 'This is a marker!' in an annoyed tone. The second one doesn't conjure this image at all.

    Nit-picking really. They are bother correct.

    In speech, I would just say 'a tree', 'a marker' - missing out the subject and verb completely.


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    #4

    Re: This and That

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    That is interesting but the question was "When I ask a question with This can I answer It..." There are not two questions - just one, can "it" replace "this".
    The OP said:

    Example: What's this? It's a marker or this is a marker?
    What's that? It is a tree or that's a tree?
    I took this to mean that he wanted to know whether 'It's a marker' or 'This is a marker' was the correct response to 'What's this?'. Similarly with 'What's that?' and 'tree'.

    A good example of how not using punctuation can confuse people!

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