takkk asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Native English speakers: When you hear someone knocking on the door and you think Maria is behind the door, which one would you say?

Are all these expressions okay?

What's the difference?

(a) That's Maria.

(b) That will be Maria.

(c) That would be Maria.

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  • 1 month ago
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    You could say any of those, but the one I find most natural is "Oh, that'll be Maria!"

    I don't think I would say "That's Maria" unless I were 100% certain it WAS Maria.

    And I would say, "That would be Maria" if I were unsure but hopeful.

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