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    When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?


    I have some answers of that but I'm still confused.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISMA3EEL View Post
    When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?


    I have some answers of that but I'm still confused.
    That would happen rarely. The only situation I can think of is referring to a baby of unknown gender. But some people would be offended even by that.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISMA3EEL View Post
    When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?


    I have some answers of that but I'm still confused.
    What are the answers you already had to that question?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    But when someone is answering the phone or knocking on the door, and after hereing his/her voice, we still asking them "who is it?" and he/she will reply "it is me".
    In other cases if someone asking for example "who did this?"
    The replay sometimes comes "it is you" or "it is my son"

    It refers to human in all above examples

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    'Somebody's ringing the doorbell; go and see who it is.'

    EDIT: Cross-posted with the above.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Aug-2013 at 08:07.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISMA3EEL View Post
    But when someone is answering the phone or knocking on the door, and after hereing his/her voice, we still asking them "who is it?" and he/she will reply "it is me".
    In other cases if someone asking for example "who did this?"
    The replay sometimes comes "it is you" or "it is my son"

    It refers to human in all above examples
    'It' doesn't refer to 'me' or 'your son' likewise 'is' doesn't refer to 'me'.
    Both refer to English grammar.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISMA3EEL View Post
    But when someone is answering the phone or knocking on the door, and after hereing hearing his/her voice, we still asking them "wWho is it?" and he/she will reply "iIt is me".
    In other cases if someone askings for example "wWho did this?", Tthe replay sometimes comes "iIt is was you" or "iIt is was my son"

    "It" refers to humans in all the above examples
    Yes, we do use '"it" in such cases.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    The answer that I have is:

    We use it with human how does the action is someone unknown to us at the moment of speaking, even if we already know that person, but we don't know that he is the one who dose or did the action.

    but I'm not sure if it is a correct grammar or not
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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    We use pronoun "it" with any part of human body (heart, brain, skeleton, soul …etc.) in fact we refer by pronoun "it" to the person humanity not to that person body.

    I'm not sure abut this information.

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    Re: When can we use the pronoun "it" with human?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISMA3EEL View Post
    The answer that I have is:

    We use it with human how does the action is someone unknown to us at the moment of speaking, even if we already know that person, but we don't know that he is the one who dose or did the action.

    but I'm not sure if it is a correct grammar or not
    Could we double-check your understanding of 'refer to', shall we?

    When I hear some noise and want to know what has happened I'm referring to 'the reason for the noise I have heard' which clearly should be 'it'.

    By the same token, when somebody answers my question, he or she refers to something that produced that noise. It could be a person but it could equally be practically anything - animals, falling objects, wind... whatever... ghosts

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