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There are too many hotels in our city. It's great!

Or this is great ?

Or that is great ?

What is the best to say here? When does we say each ?

Thank you

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    All three are idiomatic, although it's hard to see what is good about having too many hotels. Jun 17, 2017 at 2:34
  • Thank you, so are they interchangeable with no difference at all ? Jun 17, 2017 at 2:35
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    Yes, there is no difference among "It's great!", "This is great!", and "That's great!" However, can you tell us why it is good to have too many hotels? Jun 17, 2017 at 2:44
  • Thank you for answering, I just copied a sentence, (the one that has written this sentence asks us to grammaticaly correct it - I do not find any grammatical error in it). So there is no context there. However,for me it is well understood to mean that because there are all these hotels there in my city, it is good for my city tourism or for people to have various places to visit and have fun. Jun 17, 2017 at 3:08
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    You should learn that the expression too many is negative in most cases. The sense of the adjectival in your sentence is that fewer hotels would be better. This makes the succeeding sentence confusing to a native speaker, since something that is not desirable is seldom described as "great". Jun 17, 2017 at 3:31

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There is a slight difference in your three sayings

It's great!

can be used for something nonspecific, could be anything.

This is great!

is used when speaking of something specific which may be closer to the speaker. The previous two are the closest in meaning of the three.

That is great!

is spoken about something which is further away from the speaker.

Often "That is great!" is used as a response (further away from the situation) to someone saying "It's great!" or "This is great!" (closer to the situation).

If you tell someone

There are too many hotels in our city. It's great!

you will probably get the response

Yes, that's great!

except from @P.E.Dant...

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    Thank you for your response but what do you mean by something closer or further away from the speaker? Could you explain this further please? Jun 17, 2017 at 5:01
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    If you say, "It's great (for me), I got a discounted airline ticket." that is closer to you since it effects you, for your friend, it is further away since it doesn't effect him. He might respond by saying "Yes that is great (for you)!" with the for you being implied.
    – Peter
    Jun 17, 2017 at 5:07
  • Do you really not believe that the OP should know that the phrase too many is not a positive? Surely it is not better that he later embarrass himself by exclaiming: "We have too many cars. This is great!" Jun 17, 2017 at 5:14
  • My thought was that in this instance saying "We have too many hotels" implies greater competition and better pricing for hotel users. Actually car dealers do exclaim "We have too many cars, and we have to get rid of them. This is great for you!" :)
    – Peter
    Jun 17, 2017 at 5:28

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