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Thread: it or with it?

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    it or with it?

    If I want to ask my dogwalker to see if he walked my dog, can I ask " Did you walk it, him, or her?" or should I exactly say " Did you walk my dog?"

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    Re: it or with it?

    He would probably understand that you are talking about 'dog' if you use him (male dog); her (female dog); or it (dog of unspecified sex).
    Did you walk him?
    Did you walk her?
    Did you walk it?
    All are grammatically correct.

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    Re: it or with it?

    ...but there are some people who would regard it as strange/unfriendly/cold/distant/unsympathetic to refer to a dog as 'it'. A flat-mate who hated dogs, who was expected to care for a dog while the owner was on a holiday, might refer to the dog as 'it'.


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