When we talk about an event, which expression is more correct: "this is" or "it is"? Is there any difference in their meaning?

  • Please, don't ask me about Jane again. This is completely redundant.

  • Please, don't ask me about Jane again. It is completely redundant.

  • Does this answer your question? it VS. this Vs. that. Also What is difference between 'it' and 'this'? and “It” vs. “that” and Using of “that” with the meaning of “this” or “it” at the beginning of a sentence, among others. So far as I'm concerned, all of it, this, that are fine in the cited context, and mean exactly the same thing. Jun 12, 2020 at 12:48
  • (What's not "fine" is one another time, which should be again.) Jun 12, 2020 at 12:53
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica The accepted answer from the first link says that both "This is beautiful" and "It is beautiful" are equally valid options. So it seems this is just a matter of style?
    – john c. j.
    Jun 12, 2020 at 13:05
  • If you're referring to the answer posted by "user6951", I'd take that with a pinch of salt. That user is clearly not a native Anglophone - which doesn't automatically mean the answer is "suspect", but I certainly think you should have a good look at answers in my other links above. Specifically, this answer by Judicious Allure (aloso non-native Anglophone, as it happens! :) which covers at least some subtle contexts where the choice is a bit more than just a matter of "style". Jun 12, 2020 at 13:22
  • My fault: it was the second link, not the first one. I'm not ready to mark this question as a duplicate right now, but yes, Judicious Allure's answer provides some help.
    – john c. j.
    Jun 12, 2020 at 13:49


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