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    #1

    up/it/this

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    1. Is it better to say: Do this bolt up OR Do up this bolt.

    2. Is there any difference if I say: It is a ... AND This is a ...

    Isn't there a rule which says that we use "It is" for more abstract things (It's fear), and "This is" for something which is close to us (This is a car)?

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    Exclamation Re: up/it/this

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    1. Is it better to say: Do this bolt up OR Do up this bolt.

    2. Is there any difference if I say: It is a ... AND This is a ...

    Isn't there a rule which says that we use "It is" for more abstract things (It's fear), and "This is" for something which is close to us (This is a car)?

    Thanks
    1. I think do up is inseparable unless you use a pronoun as the object( She spent a lot of time doing herself up.) So say: Do up the bolt.

    2. Both can be used to express abstract thing/idea/concept (This/It is a good idea) but ‘it’ is exclusively used as impersonal subject(such as time, distance, weather) of the verb to be; as:
    It is six o'clock.
    It is five miles to town.
    It is still raining.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 17-May-2010 at 09:51.

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