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How to be answered



epit
Turkey

How to be answered
 
Which is the best answer to the question  "What is this ?" "Which one is it right, "It is a pen  or  This is a pen"?I insist on teaching as "it is ........",but some friends are teaching as "this is......".I couldnt decide which one completely right is .Thanks and have a  nice week !

15 Nov 2011      





miss-o
Portugal

Both are completely right.

15 Nov 2011     



yanogator
United States

Since you have the pencil, the student should say "That is a pencil", not "this", or "It is a pencil".
 
Bruce

15 Nov 2011     



Mariethe House
France

some more information from Wordrefence forum... Never thought how difficult it would be to find an answer for such an  easy question Big smile
Here are some more examples to "help"you RoseSmile

Little kid: "What s that?"
Mom: "It s a book."

Non-native speaker: "What s this?"
Teacher: "This is a book."
Non-native speaker: "What are those?"
Teacher: "Those are magazines."

Teenager 1: "What s that?"
Teenager 2: "A book."
Teenager 1: "I know what a book is, dumbass. What re you reading."
Teenager 2: "Huckleberry Finn. It s for class."


15 Nov 2011     



martinasvabova
Czech Republic

Nice explanation, Mariethe.Clap

15 Nov 2011     



w3hw3t
Turkey

I think if u ask with this,u r asking about a thing close to u.So i dont think "this" is a good option,might be as well,but "it" is better .i guess//

15 Nov 2011     



yanogator
United States

w3hw3t and I agree that a questin with "this" is correctly answered with "that" or "it", usually.
 
Bruce

16 Nov 2011     



Apodo
Australia

It sounds the most natural:
 
What s this? It s a pen.
 
If someone asked What is that?
A person holding it could say, It s a pen. or This is a pen.
 
What is that?  (over there)
It s a chair
or
That s a chair.

16 Nov 2011