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    it(this) annoys him

    My workbook converts "which really annoys him" to "it(this) annoys him" and I happened to remember there's little difference among "it", "this", and "that" in referring to the previous words or phrases.
    So are the three frequently interchangeable or different from one another?

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    ex)Mr.Williams is a capable gardener. Last year, he came to work for Mrs.Elphinstone, who is old, fat, and wealthy. She knows nothing about gardens, but is under the impression that she know a lot, which really annoys him...
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    Re: it(this) annoys him

    You can't convert 'which really annoys him' to 'it/this/that really annoys him' without also altering the punctuation - thus:

    '...she thinks she knows a lot, which really annoys him.'

    '...she thinks she knows a lot; it/this/that really annoys him.'

    Or

    '...she thinks she knows a lot. It/This/That really annoys him.'

    The three are frequently interchangeable in this context.

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    Re: it(this) annoys him

    Thanks a lot! Especially "It" and "That" seem to be interchangeable in referring to the previous phrase or words in many cases.
    Can I use either of them without any worries?

    ex1)My pet dog is really sick, and that(this/it) makes me worried.
    ex2)To be or not to be; It(That) is the question.

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    Re: it(this) annoys him

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post

    ex1)My pet dog is really sick, and that(this/it) makes me worried. OK, though 'it' sounds weak here.

    ex2)To be or not to be; It(That) is the question.
    Again, 'it' is weak, especially as you are changing a world-famous quotation. Don't use a capital letter after a semicolon.


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