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    #1

    who is he / who is it ?

    I have a picture with a family. The family consists of 4 people:
    George - the father
    Mike - the son
    Mary - the mother
    Sally- the daughter

    1st situation:
    I show Mike on a picture with a family and ask:

    -Who is he?
    -He is Mike.


    -Who is he?
    -It is Mike.


    -Who is it?
    -It is Mike.


    Who is it?
    He is Mike


    Are all the examples correct and possible?

    2nd situation:
    I show George on the same picture and ask:

    -Is he Mike?
    -No, he is not.

    -Is he Mike?
    -No, it is not.

    -Is it Mike?
    -No, it is not.

    -Is it Mike?
    -No, he is not.


    Are all the examples correct and possible here too?

    A situation when introducing people personally would be quite different, I suppose.
    For example:
    -This is my friend Mark.
    or
    -It's my brother Peter.

    and questions:
    - Who is you firend? (you came with)
    or
    -Could you introduce me your friend?

    That way should be better for introducing people personally, I think.


    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    Generally, we don't refer to people as it. (Of course, I do - of babies especially, but I only do it to irritate mothers everywhere)

    There are valid exceptions.

    "Who is it?" is a perfectly valid question when you hear a door knock or are asking your son who they are talking to on the phone. The response is, "It's Bill."

    And when we point to pictures of people, you can use their gender-specific pronoun, or "that" because you're not really pointing to the person. You may also point across the street at someone and ask your companion, "Who is that?" The only impolite thing about that was pointing in the first place. And then the respnse can be "That's my teacher" or "He's my teacher" - either is fine.

    And as for babies, when you don't know their gender, the more polite thing is to simply refer to it as a baby, "Oh, look at the baby!" and then ask, "Your baby, is it a boy or a girl?" (notice how I slipped an it in there? That one is fine.) And after you know the gender, use the proper pronoun.

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    #3

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    Thanks for your answer. It is helpful.
    Could you please also mark in red these of my examples/expressions you consider wrong?

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    #4

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    You've had "the lesson" - now why don't you tell us which you think are correct. I get scolded here for doing students' homework.


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    #5

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    -Who is he?
    -He is Mike.

    -Who is he?
    -It is Mike.

    -Who is it?
    -It is Mike.

    Who is it?
    He is Mike


    Jlinger: You explained to Pedro about the use of 'it'. To then say, You've had "the lesson" - now why don't you tell us which you think are correct. I get scolded here for doing students' homework.
    ...is rather pointless, since logically, removing 'it' from the examples leaves one:
    Who is he?
    -He is Mike.

    The point is, how colloquial is this, and are there other ways of expressing this?
    Don't let one admonition inhibit you, but rather get your juices focussed.

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    #6

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    I'll leave the lecturing of other helpers to you, David. You're the Man!


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    #7

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    I'll leave the lecturing of other helpers to you, David. You're the Man!

    I'll take that as sarcasm, not as a complement. To be praised for being 'the man' when it comes to easy irritability...........!


    (...but despite the poor packaging, I still think my previous posts have a good point...and the intent was well-meaning.)
    Last edited by David L.; 02-Dec-2008 at 09:31.

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    #8

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    1st situation:
    I show Mike on a picture with a family and ask:

    -Who is he?
    -He is Mike.


    -Who is he?
    -It is Mike.


    -Who is it?
    -It is Mike.


    Who is it?
    He is Mike


    I don't know if I marked correctly, could someone check that please?
    I marked these which had different pronouns in a question and in an answer


    2nd situation:
    I show George on the same picture and ask:

    -Is he Mike?
    -No, he is not.

    -Is he Mike?
    -No, it is not.


    -Is it Mike?
    -No, it is not.

    -Is it Mike?
    -No, he is not.

    And here I did the same.

    Are they correctly marked?


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    #9

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    Go for it, jlinger!

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    #10

    Re: who is he / who is it ?

    Did I mark incorrect sentences in red correctly? Could somebody please check that?

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