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could anybody tell me, please

when to use "it" and when to use "this"?

Is there any case when use of "it" instead of "this" is wrong?
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Hi,

could anybody tell me, please

when to use "it" and when to use "this"?

Is there any case when use of "it" instead of "this" is wrong?

Here are a few simple and brief comments.

'This' is a demonstrative pronoun that refers to something that is in some way "close" to the speaker.

'It' is a pronoun that refers to a thing previously mentioned.

Now, consider a scenario in which Tom walks into a room where Mary is drinking Coke.

Conversation 1 - Mary: I like this. Tom: I like Coke, too.

Conversation 2 - Mary: I like it. Tom: I don't understand. What are you telling me that you like?

Does this help you to understand some of the difference? If not, please write again.

Best wishes, Clive
thanks Clive.

Emotion: smile

I got it. But it would really be nice of you for posting one more example, please.

thanx again. [H]
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Hi,

Perhaps you could try to write a few sentences, and I'll tell you whether they sound OK?

Best wishes again, Clive
Clive
Hi,

Perhaps you could try to write a few sentences, and I'll tell you whether they sound OK?

Best wishes again, Clive

Thank you clive.

I too benefitted from this thread though it is not mine.

I am giving some examples :

Please tell how it sounds

(1) This is U.K.

(1) It is U.K.

(2) This has unique character.

(2) It has unique character.

(3) It can jump off the long distance.

(3) This can jump off the long distance.
Hi,

You can write sentences with either 'this' or 'it', but the point you need to understand is that the pronoun you need to use depends on the context.

eg You point to something close to you and and say 'Look, I like this', and then point to something further away and say 'I don't like that'.

eg Someone asks you if you like Coke, and you reply, 'Yes, I like it'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Dear Clive,

here is one problem:

A: i want to show you something.

(taking out a watch from my sack)

A: is it nice! or is this nice!

B: it is. or this is.

thanx for helping, Clive. [and to User_gary too]
Hi again,

here is one problem:

A: i want to show you something.

(taking out a watch from my bag/pocket)

A: is it nice? or is this nice? You could say either, but this sounds more natural.

B: it is. or this is. It is. Because you have already mentioned it, focused on it.

Best wishes, Clive
thank you clive. i got it.
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