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    "It" vs "This"

    In the sentence below:

    "Are you interested in saving money on your next ticket? Download the ebook to learn how to do IT"

    Is the above sentence correct? I would think the "it" at the end ought to be "this".

    Many times, my students use "it" to refer to a situation before. I always prefer "this" to refer to a previous situation and an "it" only if a specific noun is referred to. Am I right on this? For example, in the above, I would think that it should be "this" as there's no exact noun being referred to, but it's more of a situation of "saving money".

    So can "it" be used to refer to a situation or something else other than an exact "noun"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "It" vs "This"

    "Saving money" is a noun phrase. "Saving" is a gerund, a noun.
    "Are you interested in swimming/fencing/writing for fun and profit...? I'll show you how to do it." I would use 'it' here.
    But you could use either.

    What do you mean by a "specific noun" or an "exact noun"?

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    Re: "It" vs "This"

    I agree with Raymott.

    Additionally, you can simply say '...Download the ebook to learn how'.

    Note: I know you capitalised 'it' to draw attention to it. However, IT is the standard abbreviation for 'information technology', which some readers may have mistaken it for.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Apr-2015 at 12:14.

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