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    Can 'this' be used anaphorically?
    e.g. He tried the door. This didn't yield.

    I know 'It' would be standard, but is 'this' possible?

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    Re: this

    Hi Clark

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would advise as follows:

    I would, as you say, normally use "It" in this context.
    Where I would use "this/that" would be in the following context:

    "He tried the front door. It didn't yield. He tried the back door. That didn't yield. He tried the window. That did, eventually, yield."

    Hope this helps
    Best regards


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