207 – It vs This & That for Reference – English Grammar Lesson

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We use It, this, and that to refer back to something that was just mentioned, talked about, or written. However, they way we use them is different. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how they are used in everyday English.

Here are the example sentences:
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Using “it”

  • I went to Jack’s party last night. It was so much fun. It replaces “Jack’s party.”
  • We are planning a trip to Asia. It will be about three weeks long. It replaces “a trip to Asia.”
  • Have you ever seen Casablanca? It’s a great movie. It replaces “Casablanca.”

Compare these two sentences:

  • I went to Jack’s party last night. It was so much fun.
  • I went to Jack’s party last night. That was an amazing party. The food was great and everyone had a great time.

Using “this” or “that”

  • We are planning a trip to Asia. This will be the first time for both of us to visit China, Japan and Korea.
  • Have you ever seen Casablanca? That is probably one of the most classic films of the last century.

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!




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