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why "That's" instead of "this's"?

 
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Tony 1963



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:49 pm    Post subject: why "That's" instead of "this's"? Reply with quote

Hi there,

When astronaut Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon, he said, "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Here why did he use "that's" instead of "this's"?

Thanks.
Tony
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: why "That's" instead of "this's"? Reply with quote

Tony 1963 wrote:
Hi there,

When astronaut Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon, he said, "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Here why did he use "that's" instead of "this's"?

Thanks.
Tony


Well I thank you for your question, because I always thought he said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" but actually there is a lot of discussion about whether or not he added the "a" before man. https://www.space.com/neil-armstrong-first-words-on-moon.html

We don't write "this's" but my guess is he used "that's" instead of "this is" because it was right after he stepped. It's hard to tell from the recording.
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Tony 1963



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:04 am    Post subject: Thank you Lorikeet. It helps. Reply with quote

Thank you Lorikeet. It helps.
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