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    #1

    If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    'If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.'

    Are all three words suitable here?
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    #2

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    It depends on the context, and you haven't given any.

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    #3

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    'If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.'
    If you like, you can go first.

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    #4

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It depends on the context, and you haven't given any.
    I don't know what else to say.
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    #5

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    What a strange question to ask. What is it that you want us to do?

    How do we know if these words are suitable? Suitable for what?

    Are you really attempting to say that you don't understand the differences between it/this/that?

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    #6

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    Quote Originally Posted by 99bottles View Post
    I don't know what else to say.
    The natural, normal thing to say is in post #3.

    My assumption, of course, is that you understand "it," "this," and "that" as referring to the interlocutor's going first.

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    #7

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    Take a look at the ngram.

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...%20you%3B%2Cc0

    You can see that "if it pleases you" is the commonest. This is because that is the standard/set phrase. However, "this" and "that" are not incorrect. They could be more meaningful in the right context, as pointed out above.

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    #8

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post

    You can see that "if it pleases you" is the commonest.
    It might be interesting to add "if you like" to the ngram. I expect it would utterly dwarf the other three.
    Last edited by teechar; 13-Jul-2019 at 12:08. Reason: typo

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    #9

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    "If it pleases you" sounds like it comes from Shakespeare or Dickens (or similar). It's not natural in 21st-century English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: If it/this/that pleases you, you can go first.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    It might be interesting to add "if you like" to the ngram.
    Ngram

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