We usually say "that's it" in English. I was curious to know can we also say "it's it"? Is it used in English?

  • I doubt people say that, and if they did, what would be the point in doing so? Also it doesn't work in negation. "That's not it." is OK, but "It's not it." is meaningless.
    – user3169
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 19:43
  • @user3169 Why? It makes sense, "It is not what we are looking for". Or "This thing isn't the thing we need" Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 4:10

1 Answer 1


No, "It's it" isn't a set phrase like "that's it"" and, actually, isn't possible under any circumstance to mean anything like "that's it". "That's it" is a set phrase that is "used to say that something has ended" or is "used to say that something is correct"

However, it is a legitimate phrase and may mean "It is what it is".

  • I asked my friend, who is a native English speaker(kiwi). He said it is right, but I never heard him using it.
    – user31782
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 8:50

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .