It vs Where - What's the difference?

it | where |

As a symbol it

is the iso 3166-1 two-letter (alpha-2) code for italy.

As a conjunction where is

while on the contrary; although; whereas.

As an adverb where is

at what place; to what place; what place.

As a pronoun where is

the place in which.

As a noun where is

the place in which something happens.



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Alternative forms

* (dialectal) (l)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m) ( > English dialectal . More at (l).

Alternative forms

* itt (obsolete)


  • The third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an inanimate object, to an inanimate thing with no or unknown sex or gender.
  • Put it over there.
    Take each day as it comes.
  • A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to a child of unknown gender.
  • She took the baby and held it in her arms.
  • * 1847 , Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre , Chapter IV:
  • A child cannot quarrel with its' elders, as I had done; cannot give ' its furious feelings uncontrolled play, as I had given mine, without experiencing afterwards the pang of remorse and the chill of reaction.
  • Used to refer to oneself when identifying oneself, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.
  • It' s me. John.
  • The impersonal pronoun, used without referent as the subject of an impersonal verb or statement. (known as the dummy pronoun or weather it)
  • It is nearly 10 o’clock.
    It ’s very cold today.
    It ’s lonely without you.
  • The impersonal pronoun, used as a placeholder for a delayed subject, or less commonly, object. (known as the dummy pronoun or, more formally in linguistics, a syntactic expletive)
  • It is easy to see how she would think that.
    I find it odd that you would say that.
    He saw to it that everyone would vote for him.
  • All or the end; something after which there is no more.
  • Are there more students in this class, or is this it ?
    That's it —I'm not going to any more candy stores with you.
  • (obsolete, relative) That which; what.
  • * 1643 , (Thomas Browne), Religio Medici , II.2:
  • In briefe, I am content, and what should providence add more? Surely this is it wee call Happinesse, and this doe I enjoy [...].
    : See for other personal pronouns.
    Derived terms
    (Derived terms) * buy it * do it * for it * move it * that’s it * watch it
    See also
    * he * her * him * I * me * she * thee * them * they * thou * us * we * ye * you


    (en noun)
  • One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.
  • * 1995 , Neil Weiner, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius, Shattered innocence (page 8)
  • Too often, children become an "it " in their homes and their humanness is devalued.
  • * 1920 , (Herman Cyril McNeile), Bulldog Drummond Chapter 1
  • His master glanced up quickly, and removed the letter from his hands. "I'm surprised at you, James," he remarked severely. "A secretary should control itself. Don't forget that the perfect secretary is an it : an automatic machine—a thing incapable of feeling.…"
  • The person who chases and tries to catch the other players in the playground game of tag.
  • In the next game, Adam and Tom will be it
  • * 2000 , Katherine T. Thomas, Amelia M. Lee, Jerry R. Thomas, Physical education for children (page 464)
  • When there are only two children left who haven't been tagged, I will stop the game, and we will start over with those children starting as the Its .
  • (British, uncountable) The game of tag.
  • Let's play it at breaktime.


  • (colloquial) most fashionable.
  • * Vibe , Vol. 15, No. 9, p. 202, September 2007:
  • Going away for the weekend and feel the need to profile en route? This is the "it " bag.
  • * David Germain, Hilarious ‘Kick-Ass’ delivers bloody fun , Associated Press, 2010:
  • With Hit Girl, Moretz is this year's It Girl, alternately sweet, savage and scary.

    Etymology 2


    (Abbreviation) (head)
  • (language) Italian.
  • Italy.
  • Derived terms
    * gin and it, gin-and-It
    See also
    * IT






    (English Conjunctions)
  • While on the contrary; although; whereas.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • And flight and die is death destroying death; / Where fearing dying pays death servile breath.
  • * July 18 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises [,82624/]
  • Where the Joker preys on our fears of random, irrational acts of terror, Bane has an all-consuming, dictatorial agenda that’s more stable and permanent, a New World Order that’s been planned out with the precision of a military coup.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author=(Jonathan Freedland)
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Obama's once hip brand is now tainted , passage=Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.}}
  • At or in which place or situation.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , title= Geothermal Energy , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.}}
  • To which place or situation.
  • Wherever.
  • (legal) In a position, case, etc., in which.
  • Adverb

  • At what place; to what place; what place.
  • Where are you?
    Where are you going?
    Where did you come from?
  • In what situation.
  • Where would we be without our parents?


    (English Pronouns)
  • The place in which.
  • He lives within five miles of where he was born.


  • The place in which something happens.
  • A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where , the why and the how.
    Finding the nymph asleep in secret where . — Spenser.

    Derived terms

    * anywhere * elsewhere * everywhere * every which where * whereabouts * whereafter * whereagainst * wherealong * whereas * whereat * whereby * wherefore * wherefrom * wherein * whereinto * where it's at * whereness * wherenot * whereon * whereof * whereover * wheresoever * wherethan * wherethrough * whereto * wheretoward * whereunder * whereuntil * whereunto * whereupon * wherever * wherewith * wherewithin * wherewithal