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    It is me vs. This is me

    Could you make up a few short situations that would highlight the difference in the use of 'It is me' and 'This is me'?

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    Re: It is me vs. This is me

    Deictics again, Clark.

    Ex: It is me ... (expletive-it construct: the true subject (i.e., the semantic subject "I") is delayed for pragmatic reasons)

    Ex: This is me. (Demonstrative this: the true subject (i.e., the semantic subject "I") is delayed for pragmatic reasons)

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    Smile Re: It is me vs. This is me

    I am not a teacher.

    Well, I can a slightly difference between them in some case, others not, for example:

    a) a phone call

    Who's this?
    This is me!
    It's me! Remember? John from the club!

    b) waiting for a bus or train
    This is me!

    c) Complaining and
    I don't know why I can't make more money! It's me, I guess.
    It's me who is going to pay all the bills.
    This is me paying all the bills.

    Let's wait for a teacher to clarify this for us!

    **** EDIT:
    I did not see Soup posting before me, sorry!


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    Re: It is me vs. This is me

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    Deictics again, Clark.

    Ex: It is me ... (expletive-it construct: the true subject (i.e., the semantic subject "I") is delayed for pragmatic reasons)

    Ex: This is me. (Demonstrative this: the true subject (i.e., the semantic subject "I") is delayed for pragmatic reasons)
    I meant 'It's me' as a stand alone sentence vs. "This is me'. In what real life situation would they be used?

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    Re: It is me vs. This is me

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I meant 'It's me' as a stand alone sentence vs. "This is me'. In what real life situation would they be used?
    If the referent is already identified in some way, and you want to confess to being that person, you say "it is me".
    For example:
    A: "Look at this photo. Who is the second person on the right".
    B: "It is me".
    A: "Who keeps leaving the milk out of the fridge?"
    B: "It's me".
    A: [on the phone]. "Who's that?"
    B: "It's me".

    However, if no-one has even been referred to, you can't say "It is me", since there is no referent for "it" to refer to.
    A: "Look at this photo. Who's in it?"
    B: [Pointing to 2nd on right] "This is me". (Referring to something not yet identified)
    A: "How can you walk around with a tie like that?"
    B: "This is me". (referring to your fashion style, your personality, not just to the tie; so to something not yet identified)

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