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    #11

    Re: What's his nationality? It's British. / He's British. Are both acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Ah, there's academia, and then there's the real world. If somebody said, "What's Tarheel's nationality?" the literal answer would be: "It's American." However, I would tell that person that's entirely unnatural and the natural response would be: "He's American."
    Absolutely.

    It's accurate, it's natural, it's grammatical, and it answers the question completely.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: What's his nationality? It's British. / He's British. Are both acceptable?

    Another point is that if you give 0/3 for "It's British", what do you give for "The post office is the first building on the left."?

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    Re: What's his nationality? It's British. / He's British. Are both acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It's accurate, it's natural, it's grammatical, and it answers the question completely.
    I don't agree that it's natural.

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    Re: What's his nationality? It's British. / He's British. Are both acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Another point is that if you give 0/3 for "It's British", what do you give for "The post office is the first building on the left."?
    As an answer to what question, and with how many points to play with? The sentence sounds natural enough.

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    #15

    Re: What's his nationality? It's British. / He's British. Are both acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As an answer to what question, and with how many points to play with? The sentence sounds natural enough.
    "What's his nationality?"

    On a scale of 0-3.

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