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If I want to mean today is the fifth anniversary of someone’s death, are these two sentences interchangeable?

  • “It is the fifth anniversary of his death.”

  • “This is the fifth anniversary of his death.”

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Yes, they are exactly the same thing in meaning.

The only difference is in grammatical usage as far as talking about a future date. "This" would only be used on that day. "It is" (or "it's") could be used to talk about the current day or a day in the future, as in "I'm going visit my father's grave on Sunday because it's the fifth anniversary of his death."

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