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  1. AlexAD's Avatar
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    #1

    this, that or it

    Hello.

    I am confused about what pronoun can be used in the following:

    'Is this a robbery? Yes, it is a robbery'.

    Can it be replaced with that or this?

    Thanks, Alex.

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    #2

    Re: this, that or it

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    I am confused about what pronoun can be used in the following:

    'Is this a robbery? Yes, it is a robbery'.

    Can it be replaced with that or this?

    Thanks, Alex.

    As a native speaker I'd only answer with either it or this.
    Yes, this/it is a robbery! Gimme all your money.
    But it would be best to have a teacher verify and/or explain.


    Not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: this, that or it

    I would simply say that once the thing/activity in question has been identified by the use of "this/that", then "it" can be used from then on as we already know what "it" is.

    What is that?
    I think it's a boat.
    It's horrible.
    Yes, it is, but it's mine!

    Is this a good day for swimming.
    It is.
    It's a bit cold, isn't it?
    It is but I don't mind.

    Is that the shirt you're going to wear to the wedding?
    It is.
    But it's really creased.
    I know, but it will look OK after I've ironed it.

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    #4

    Re: this, that or it

    "Is that a robbery?" seems a very odd question to me.

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