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    It was John's old friend Ron.

    At that moment another young man came into the shop. It was John's old friend Ron. (A Dictionary of Answers to Common Questions in English, page 714)

    Can I say: He was John's old friend Ron?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: It was John's old friend Ron.

    What makes more sense in the context?

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    #3

    Re: It was John's old friend Ron.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    At that moment another young man came into the shop. It was John's old friend Ron. (A Dictionary of Answers to Common Questions in English, page 714)

    Can I say: He was John's old friend Ron?
    You can, but 'It' is common and natural.

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