Is using "it" with common names grammatically correct?

For example:

Who drink this Tea?. It's John.

  • 2
    That's correct, but not idiomatic. John does is the most common answer form.
    – Davo
    Dec 6 '17 at 12:17
  • To be precise the question is more likely to be Who's tea is this? with a response of It's John's.
    – T54
    Dec 16 '17 at 23:58

I disagree with the commenter who said "John does" is more idiomatic. If anything, that's a more "proper" response, but definitely not idiomatic and definitely not the way most English speakers (at least in the US) would respond.

If someone said, "Who's drinking this tea?", I would simply say "John." "It's John" also sounds fine, though. Or even "John is."

If someone said, "Who's tea is this?", I might say "John's" or "It's John's."

But, to answer your question, in general, you can use "it's" with names. The first example of this that I thought of is when you answer a phone: "Hello? Who's this?" "Hi, it's John."


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