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    A question

    Hey Im ali . a student from iraq. I study in a typical school of talented boys and im the best in English but i have a question:

    we use (its me) for introduction..........

    my questions:

    1-why?

    2-what are the references that support your answer?

    please,help me

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    Re: A question

    Welcome to the forum, alisabti.

    We don't use "it's me" for an introduction. If I knock on a door and the person inside the room asks "who is it?", I may respond, if that person knows me, "It's me". Some people feel that the only correct response, assuming that you don't do the sensible thing and give your name, is "It's I", but that sounds very stuffy to most of us.

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    Re: A question

    I like this answer but my question is why do we say its for a human ???

    ex: Hey,its me again................

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    Re: A question

    please, put some names of books that you found the answer in..............

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    Re: A question

    The same reason we use pronouns in any other case: to substitute for the name.

    You can also say "Hey, it's Barb again," but assuming the person knows your voice, you can just use "me" instead of my name.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A question

    why do we say its for a human ???


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) You have asked a wonderful question, and I have found a wonderful answer in

    an old book entitled Understanding Grammar by Professor Paul Roberts (the year of

    1954).

    (a) Look at your sentence: IT is me.

    (b) Why do we use "it" for a person?

    (c) Well, in some languages, people say "is me."

    (d) But the English language requires a subject. In other words, English

    requires a word in front of "is."

    (i) For example, in some languages, you can say "Wow! is hot today!"

    But English requires a subject. So we can say "The weather is hot today,"

    "The sun is hot today," or "It is hot today."

    (2) Professor Roberts tells us that many years ago English speakers could say

    something like "is Aunt Flo." (Remember: in some languages, that is a good

    sentence.) But in English, we now feel that there should be a subject in front of

    every verb. So today we must say "IT is Aunt Flo." This "it" -- says the professor --

    means "almost nothing." (My note: we could also say "That is Aunt Flo" or "This is

    Aunt Flo.")

    (a) So we can use "it" for things and people:

    It is afternoon.

    It is me.

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    Re: A question

    Parser, I had no idea the question about at "It." Well done.


    alisabti - in the future, when you want to ask about the use of a particular word, please put it in quotation marks, like this: Why is "it" used for humans?

    I thought you were asking about the entire sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: A question

    Thanks, TheParser. I learnt something today.

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    #9

    Re: A question

    Thank you parser!!
    Barb im so sorry i'll remember that
    thanks mr.5jj and is there a name i can call you with??LOL

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    Re: A question

    Quote Originally Posted by alisabti View Post
    t Thanks m Mr.5jj and is there a name i I can call you with by??
    My name in this forum is 5jj - there is no need for a 'Mr'.

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