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    #1

    Is THIS possible?

    Can we use this instead of it here? If yes, will the meaning be completely the same?

    His cat's name is Alice. This is (corrected) /It’s a nice cat.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 27-Sep-2014 at 20:29.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    "It's a nice cat" is the most natural thing to say. "It's is a nice cat" is wrong.

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    #3

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    Sorry, it was a typo. I wanted to know if This is a nice cat would sound unnatural or OK in the given context.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    It sounds unnatural.

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    #5

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    We usually use he/she to refer to our pets.
    With the name "Alice" -- She is a nice cat.
    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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    #6

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We usually use he/she to refer to our pets.
    With the name "Alice" -- She is a nice cat.
    And if it's not the speaker's cat, would it be OK to refer to it as "it" (in the absence of the owner of ther cat)?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #7

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    Yes. It's always OK to refer to an animal as 'it'.

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    #8

    Re: Is THIS possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes. It's always OK to refer to an animal as 'it'.
    My cat would argue with you on that point!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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