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    That's and it's

    Hello, I was wondering the difference between that's and it's in a sentence.. Is there a real difference or there are interchangeable?

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    Re: That's and it's

    Quote Originally Posted by lucakun View Post
    Hello, I was am wondering about the difference between "that's" and "it's" in a sentence. Is there a real difference or there are they interchangeable?
    They are definitely not interchangeable.

    For a start, that's can mean that is or that has, and it's can mean it is or it has.

    Try to write a few sentences to show us that you understand that.

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    Re: That's and it's

    I apologize, I didn't explain clearly! I meant the difference for example between that is ok or it is ok.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Sep-2016 at 08:31. Reason: Deleting quote.

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    Re: That's and it's

    Quote Originally Posted by lucakun View Post
    Hello, I was wondering about the difference between "that's" and "it's" in a sentence. Is there a real difference or there are they interchangeable?
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    I apologize. I didn't explain clearly! I meant the difference, for example, between "That's ok OK" or and "It's ok OK".
    Please note my corrections above. It's important to make the words you are querying stand out from the rest of the sentence. I have enclosed them in quotation marks but you could use italics or bold. We write "OK" or "okay" but not "ok".

    "That's OK" and "It's OK" might both be appropriate but we don't know without some context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: That's and it's

    Alright. This is the example: how is your drink? It's OK/ that's OK
    or also, that's me/ it's me on the left side of the picture.
    Have a look! That's my car/ it's my car.

    I would like to know if I can use both.

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    Re: That's and it's

    In your examples...

    1. It's OK
    2. That's me
    3. Either depending on context.

    Here is what you need to know.

    Two soccer balls are on the ground. One is 1 foot away from us, the other is 10 feet away. I can indicate the closer one to you by saying, "this one", and I can indicate the further one by saying, "that one". "This" and "that" have meaning in terms of the relative distances of the objects; "it" has no role to play in this regard. However, once you ask me, "Can I kick that one?", (which now identifies the further ball as our topic of conversation), I can reply, "Sure, it's OK. It's mine".

    So, in your "that's OK/it's OK" situations, ask yourself, "Do I have to identify which object I'm referring to, or has it already been identified in the present context and flow of conversation?".

    Need to identify the object? Use "that's/this is OK". Already know exactly which thing you are talking about? Use "it's OK".

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