Usage of "that" and "it"


A: Is that your hat?
B: Yes, that is.


Or It should be "Yes, it is." If I ask some questions with "that", do I have to answer it with "that" or "it", "that" and "this" are possible, depending on context?


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edited Jan 09 '13 at 13:43 Hans Contributor

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Either 'yes, it is' or 'yes, that is' is fine. 'Yes, it is' is more common, though. The difference between 'this' and 'that' is one of proximity, 'this' meaning closer. 'It' doesn't address proximity at all, so it can be used in place of something far or near.

link comment answered Jan 09 '13 at 14:25 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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