Walner Mendonça escreveu:I'll try to answer in English. I'm learning yet, so sorry for my English...
In the case of the door's sentence, we can reformulate the sentence like you suggest. But in general, it's not possible to do this. For instance, the second sentence that I wrote:
"Tem uma pessoa querendo falar com você. Ela disse que é urgente."
How can I say this? It's true that I can say:
"There is a person that want to talk with you. This person said that is urgent."
But this repetition of "person" make the sentence ugly and I think that it's unnecessary. And, of course, we can't say:
"There is a person that want to talk with you. She said that is urgent."
When a priori we don't know the genre of this person. On other side, like you said, we can't use "it". So, my conclusion is that we can't say. The only way is to reformulate the sentence. Trying to say in other way that avoid to use the pronoun. Is this?
Hello, I just want to say that English is such a "rich" language, I am sure you can find a way to say whatever you want, maybe many ways.
See some examples: There's someone that wants to talk to you, this person said it is urgent.Somebody just called (or left a message), he/she wants to talk to you (and asked to call her/him back).
In the first sentence you don't have a clue who is the person, I mean man or woman
. In the second, whenever you use "he" or "she" you've got to be sure if you talking about a boy or a girl.
Don't say she
referring to the word person
, or people
because "pessoa ou pessoas" in English do not apeal to gender as we see Portuguese.
Your first sentence could be:
is knocking on your door, it is better to answer before it is broken." (it - porta)
is knocking on your door, I am afraid this idiot
is going to break it before you answer."
(practical) "This person
is knocking on your door, you'de better answer it. (it - porta) I'll call the police (on him/on her if you have that information)."
(logical) "There is a man
knocking upon your door."
, how do you know that? Can be a woman."
"Only a man
knocks that strong..."
You can use "this" or "that" to refer to the person, and a quite long list of adjectives, but generalize He/She
no, you can't or shouldn't, just avoid doing that.