Bob did this/that/so

avidsuper

Senior Member
Japanese
Which of the following is an INCORRECT response to the question "Who reported the news to the teacher?"

a. Bob did b. Bob did this C. Bob did that d. Bob did so

I chose b, but I'm not sure and can't explain why. Can somebody help?
 
  • Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    a. is the only answer I would consider both grammatically correct and colloquial in the context you've provided.
    Sure, but this is a question avidsuper needs to be able to answer. Actually, all of them are grammatical.
    Bob did - normal everyday English.
    Bob did this - "this" refers to "reporting the news to the teacher".
    Bob did that - "that" refers to "reporting the news to the teacher". I can't see why this should not be accepted as normal English.
    Bob did so - correct, but much less common, English.

    The one that sticks out as not in any way idiomatic is Bob did this. The act of "reporting the news to the teacher" is remote, not near, so it is "that" not "this".
     

    avidsuper

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Sure, but this is a question avidsuper needs to be able to answer. Actually, all of them are grammatical.
    Bob did - normal everyday English.
    Bob did this - "this" refers to "reporting the news to the teacher".
    Bob did that - "that" refers to "reporting the news to the teacher". I can't see why this should not be accepted as normal English.
    Bob did so - correct, but much less common, English.

    The one that sticks out as not in any way idiomatic is Bob did this. The act of "reporting the news to the teacher" is remote, not near, so it is "that" not "this".

    Thank you! that answered my question.
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top