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"this" in British English

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thisdeterminer, pronoun

uk   /ðɪs/ us   /ðɪs/ plural these
A1 used for a person, object, idea, etc. to show which one is referred to: Can you sign this form here for me? These books are too heavy for me to carry.informal We met this girl (= the girl I am going to tell you about) in the hotel. This is the one I want. What's this? Is this what you're looking for? What's this I hear about you moving to Scotland?
this is ...
used when you introduce someone to someone else: Harry, this is Joan.
by this time also before this
already: I thought you'd be done by this time.

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uk   /ðɪs/ us   /ðɪs/
C1 as much as shown or to a particular degree: It was only about this high off the ground. She has never been this late for school before.

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"this" in American English

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thisadjective, pronoun

us   /ðɪs/ plural these /ðiz/
  • this adjective, pronoun (THING REFERRED TO)

used for a person, object, or thing to show which one is referred to or has been referred to before: This book is mine – yours is over there. Try on these sunglasses to see how you look in them. If you wear the scarf like this, it will look better. infml So I said to this guy, "Do I know you?"
This also refers to something that is nearest to the speaker in time and sometimes in space: I’ve got to see the doctor again this Thursday. By this time tomorrow, I’ll be in Paris.
this is
People say this is to introduce someone: Harry, this is Joan.
this minute also this second
This minute or this second means now: It doesn’t have to be done this minute, but it should be done before lunch.

thisadverb [not gradable]

us   /ðɪs/
as much as shown, or to a particular degree: Can you jump this high? She’s never been this late before.
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“this” in British English

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Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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