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    that/it

    Wife: Haven't you put those shelves up yet?
    Husband. No, I'll do it at the weekend.

    Can we use "that' instead of "it" ? i.e No, I'll do that at the weekend.

    Woman: It's great to be on the road. This car is easy to drive, isn't it?
    Man: It's important to look in the mirror sometimes. Don't forget to do that?

    Can we use "it' instead of "that" ? i.e Don't forget to do it?

    I wonder whether if "it' and "that' are interchangeable in the above sentences?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: that/it

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    That, this, it can all ref back to what has been just mentioned.

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    Re: that/it

    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    (Not a teacher)'That', 'this', and 'it' can all refer back to what has been just mentioned.
    They can indeed, but in slightly different ways; that was the point of Winwin's question.

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language, but please make sure that you use conventional punctuation, and that you write words in full ('refer' rather than 'ref'. Thank you.
    Wife: Haven't you put those shelves up yet?
    Husband. No, I'll do it at the weekend.
    Can we use "that' instead of "it" ? i.e No, I'll do that at the weekend
    Both are possible. 'That' is rather more emphatic than 'it'. This also applies to your other sentence.

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    Re: that/it

    Why wouldn't he use it in his secomd example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    Why wouldn't he use it in his secomd example?
    Presumably he chose 'that' over 'it' because he wanted to make it slightly more emphatic.

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    Presumably he chose 'that' over 'it' because he wanted to make it slightly more emphatic.
    You mentioned just 'that' and 'this', so I took that you meant 'it' is impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    You mentioned just 'that' and 'this', so I took that you meant 'it' is impossible.
    I have not mentioned 'this' once in this thread. I said, of 'that' and 'it', "both are possible". As the useful points have been made, I am closing this thread

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