'This' is proximal demonstrative pronoun/ adjective. 'That' is distal demonstrative pronoun/ adjective. What is 'it' called?

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It is a neutral (as opposed to feminine "she" and masculine "he"), singular, third person personal pronoun (not an adjective).

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    and not demonstrative like this and that. It is in a different paradigm.
    – jlawler
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 17:45
  • It is also has a nominative or accusative case (subject/object), so can contrast with her and him as well as with she and he
    – Henry
    Commented May 22, 2017 at 9:35
  • But what term should be used in contrast with 'distal' or 'proximal'. Does 'non-directional' qualify?
    – user17121
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 12:33

'It' is a neutral third person singular personal pronoun. 'It' can be used as a subject or object, as opposed to the other third person pronouns: 'he' (subject) vs 'him' (object) and 'she' (subject) vs 'her' (object)

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