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    #1

    What it is and What is it

    What is the difference between What it is and What is it?

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    Re: What it is and What is it

    I would say that "what it is" is part of a statement. It is used when you, or someone else knows what something is, so you don't need to ask anyone.

    "What is it?" is the question version, which you ask someone when you don't know what something is.

    e.g.
    "What it is like to be liked!" (Statement: Here, you already know what it is to be liked and you are making a statement that it pleases you.)

    "What is it like to be liked?" (Question: in this case you don't know what it is to be liked, and so you have to ask someone.)


    Do you have any examples from what you are reading?

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    Re: What it is and What is it

    I understand with explanation of benefits. I am obliged to you for your help.The book heading below contain the first expression.

    "Influence: What it is and how to use it"

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    #4

    Re: What it is and What is it

    Your use is a title. "What it is" is acceptable there.

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    Re: What it is and What is it

    "What it is?" is also used less commonly as a slang greeting, meaning 'What's going on?', or 'What's happening?'.

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    #6

    Re: What it is and What is it

    I haven't heard of that. Is it black slang, or regional?

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    Re: What it is and What is it

    I think originally it was '70's era black slang, which fell out of usage only to re-surface decades later. At that point, I don't think it was considered exclusively black anymore.

    Haven't actually heard it in a long time, come to think of it. I suppose it's fallen back out of usage.

    It's probably been replaced with that idiotic phrase of ' 'sup?'

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