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    he this that it

    - Hello,? May I speak to David?
    - Who is _____ speaking?

    A he B this C that D it

    I think the answer is D. Because you are not sure if the person is a man or a woman. Is my answer right? Thank you!

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    Re: he this that it

    Of those four choices, D is the only possible answer. However, most of us would just say "Who's calling?" or "Who's speaking?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: he this that it

    The best answer is "none of the above" or just "nothing". It isn't natural to use any word in the indicated space.
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    Re: he this that it

    Sadly, in many of these tests, students are forced to choose one option. Adding "None of the above" after the options would be marked as an incorrect answer. Quite frequently, it's a case of choosing the best of a bad lot.
    Having said that, that isn't the case here. "Who is it speaking?" is grammatically correct even if it's not natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: he this that it

    I agree that "who is speaking" is much more natural, but if I had to choose one of the above, I would choose B (this).

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    #6

    Re: he this that it

    I would choose C (that).

    I wouldn't ask 'Who is this speaking?' - this is me!

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    Re: he this that it

    A typical question at the beginning of a phone call in AmE is "who is this?" It means "Who am I talking to?" It would be unnatural to add "...speaking".

    Getting back to the OP, this question is not a good one. None of the answers are natural.
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    #8

    Re: he this that it

    "This" is my best choice.

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    #9

    Re: he this that it

    I too would choose "this" from this list of poor answers. Maybe it's more American to go that way.
    In real life, I was taught to say "May I tell him who's calling, please?"
    If you didn't want to acknowledge that he was home/available, you can say "May I ask who is calling, please?"
    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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