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    "What's this?" "It's a pen/That's a pen"

    Hi everyone,

    I'm having a little trouble with identifying dummy pronouns.

    If someone asks "what's this?",

    and I reply "it's a pen",

    Would 'it' be a pronoun of 'this' (which is also a pronoun)? Or is it a dummy pronoun.

    And what would be the difference between using the demonstrative pronoun 'that' and answering "that's a pen"?

    Thank you!

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    Exclamation Re: "What's this?" "It's a pen/That's a pen"

    Quote Originally Posted by Federerexpress View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm having a little trouble with identifying dummy pronouns.

    If someone asks "what's this?",

    and I reply "it's a pen",

    Would 'it' be a pronoun of 'this' (which is also a pronoun)? Or is it a dummy pronoun.

    And what would be the difference between using the demonstrative pronoun 'that' and answering "that's a pen"?

    Thank you!

    We use "this" for one object (singular) which is here (near to us).
    We use "that" for one object (singular) which is there.(away from us)

    If the pen is near the person asking the question then the correct answer is: This is a pen. You can use 'it' inplace of 'this' or 'that'
    Last edited by sarat_106; 14-Sep-2008 at 04:30.

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