This is VS he is, she is [introduction]

seojeong

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When you introduce someone, which one is right?
This is ....
or
He is/ she is.....

What is the difference?
 
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  • 'This is John/Jane/my wife/my cousin/my neighbour Alex/my best friend Dave' is correct.

    'He/she is . . . ', as a way of introducing someone to someone, doesn't work. It's wrong.
     
    You can think of it as an abbreviation of "This person is ..."

    Note: If you introduce a speaker for example, you might say:

    "This is Professor John Smith. He is Head of Science at XYZ University and today he will be talking to us about his latest research.

    You only say "this" the first time when you are making a formal introduction. After that, you refer to the person as "he" or "she".
     
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    Only a special context would justify 'here is.' For example, you are with a new friend and you run into an old friend, you might say, "Here is the new friend I told you about. This is Helen."

    ADDED: As for 'he is', it wouldn't be at the start. "This is John. He is a pal from work."
     
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    Only a special context would justify 'here is.' For example, you are with a new friend and you run into an old friend, you might say, "Here is the new friend I told you about. This is Helen."
    The OP didn't ask about "here is". To introduce it might be confusing.
     
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