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    #1

    (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Hello,

    Which one is correct?



    Is this a cat?


    Yes, this is.

    Yes, it is.

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    #2

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    * Not a teacher

    The second one is correct.

    Yes, this is a cat.
    Yes, it is (a cat).

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    #3

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Thanks
    but I mean the short answer. I don't want to mention '' a cat".
    So which one is correct
    to say: thisis or itis?

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    #4

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thanks
    but I mean the short answer. I don't want to mention '' a cat".
    So which one is correct
    to say: thisis or itis?
    As I said, the second one ('Yes, it is.'). I put 'a cat' between brackets meaning that it's optional.

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    #5

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Thank you but if a child asks me why "this" is converted to "it", how can I explain it in an easy and a simple way?

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    #6

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you but if a child asks me why "this" is converted to "it", how can I explain it in an easy and a simple way?
    The easiest and simplest answer to any child's question which starts with the word "why" is: "That's just the way it is."

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    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

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    The easiest and simplest answer to any child's question which starts with the word "why" is: "That's just the way it is."
    Thank you, I couldn't come up with an answer.

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    #8

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    The answer that Fowler gave to all such questions is that idiom is cast iron.

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    #9

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The answer that Fowler gave to all such questions is that idiom is cast iron.
    Maybe, but 'it' is not an idiom. Nor is "Yes, it is."

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    #10

    Re: (yes, this is) or ( yes, it is)

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you but if a child asks me why "this" is converted to "it", how can I explain it in an easy and a simple way?
    The two speakers are in different relation to the cat. The first says, "Is this a cat?", indicating that the cat is in proximity to the speaker. That's not necessarily the case to the second speaker.

    Note this dialogue:
    A: "Is this a cat that I have in my arms?"
    B: "Yes, that is a cat that you have in your arms."
    I've embolded the words that change when the speaker changes.

    There is also another reason for a change. Consider this:
    "This is a cat. It has four legs." The demonstrative pronoun "this" has identified the object in question. After that, you can refer to it as "it".

    Somehow, I don't think many children are going to be asking about this. They just accept it. It is grown up learners of English who ask these questions.

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