Which pronoun would you (native speakers) use in the following examples?
SITUATION: A is talking to a pregnant girl who is being secretive about the father of the child she's expecting.
A: Who is the father?
B (1): Oh, IT's/HE's a boy from out of town. ( I would opt for IT)
B (2): Oh, you don't know him. He's a boy from out of town) (in this second example I would go for HE)
Thank you bhai.
I was wondering if IT would have been equally correct in the second example:
A: Who's the father?
B: Oh, you don't know him. It's a boy form out of town.
I have one question.
When we use it? when we don't know the person himself/herself?
There is one situation in which "It" is often used for a 'person'. An unborn baby of unknown sex is often referred to as "It".
Later, a new father calls from the hospital and says 'It's a boy.' (The previous "It" is announced as a boy.)
It would be odd to say 'He's a boy.', because of course a 'He' is a boy.
Last edited by 2006; 06-Sep-2010 at 21:09.
Wace, I agree with you and bhaisahab.
'It' is often used to refer to a person:
'Who's coming to give the lecture tomorrow?
'Oh, it's somebody from the university.'
'Who was at the door just then?'
'It was a Jehovah's Witness.'
There are many situations even involving 'unimportant people', in which it would be very odd to refer to the person as "It".
A lady from the delivery service called and wanted to know when they could deliver a parcel. It would be very odd to say 'I told it that tomorrow afternoon would be good.'
[QUOTE=2006;648800]In this situation, I would only use 'He'. Ater all, we are talking about a person.
When you say 'in this situation' which of my examples are you referring to? Would you use HE in both examples?