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    it or that

    ---Dear, shall we buy a blue curtain?
    ---No, I don't think ________ matches the grey floor.
    A. it B. that

    As far as I learn, both "it" or "that" can refer to the thing mentioned before. How can I distinguish them in this case?

    Thanks for your help!


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    Re: it or that

    That is a rather bizarre question. The exchange itself is very unnatural. In my opinion, you could use either because they are both going to result in a strange sentence.

    For me, the possible responses should be:

    No, I don't think blue matches the grey floor.
    no, I don't think it will match the grey floor.
    No, I don't think that will match the grey floor.
    No, I don't think blue will match the grey floor.

    I also find it odd that someone is planning to buy just one curtain. It's much more common to buy a pair. This exchange would be much more likely:

    Darling, shall we buy [some/a pair of] blue curtains?
    No, I don't think they'll match the grey floor.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.


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