Hi, Can I say That is a pencil to answer the question what is that ? or should I use it instead of that ?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    'What is that?'

    'That is a pencil.'

    Perfectly correct, but unnecessarily long.

    'What's that?'It's a pencil.' Or simply, 'A pencil'.

  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    That is a pencil is perfectly acceptable.

  • .
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Question: "What is that?" 

    Possible responses:  It is a pencil. It's a pencil. That is a pencil. That's a pencil. A pencil. 

    Move your question to Society & Culture>Languages if your question relates to you learning the English language. Otherwise, Education & Reference>Homework Help would not be inappropriate. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    You can say, 'that is a pencil.' You can also say, 'It is a pencil.' Either is correct. 

    • Cara
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      We actually say "That's" or "It's".

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    It does not matter as long as the meaning is understood.   

  • 3 weeks ago

    Am I the only one here who is totally confused as to what this idiot is talking about?

    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      The asker is almost certainly a foreigner learning English, wanting to know how native speakers actually speak, as opposed to what a grammar book might tell them. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    The object to which you refer, not to put too fine point upon it, if indeed you will excuse the unintentional pun, is in fact a pencil.

  • Frank
    Lv 5
    3 weeks ago

    It is a pencil. This is a pencil.(holding the pencil in your hand) That is a pencil. (pointing to a pencil you are not holding)

  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    What's that?.....It's a pencil.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      It's not wrong, but most English speakers would say "it's a pencil".

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