You can add ĉi to show that "this" is close. Tio = that, tio ĉi (ĉi tio) = this. (Same with tiu ĉi = this one.)
If you think about it, this and that mean nearly the same thing in English. They both mean "the specific item, which I am likely pointing to or otherwise indicating". The only difference is the relative nearness of the item. So if you need to make a point of the item's proximity, then you use ĉi with the pronoun. Otherwise... what's the difference?
Why so? (Is it because that overcomplicates it?) Because I find that SariniLynn is offering an easy clarification.
I believe this is true officially, however sometimes "tio" is also used to mean "this" without the "ĉi". I don't like to do so myself, but I've heard it from some accomplished Esperantists.
stop disturbing it
That was two minutes and 47 seconds of my life laughing my head off. Thank you.
Maybe I'll watch "Happy gilmore", I don't watch movies that much, it sounds funny.
Probably a dumb question, but when should you use tio and when should you use ke?
Tio is "that thing there". Ke links clauses together in a sentence.
Tio estas bela porko. Mi scias, ke vi ŝatas porkaĵon.
Note: Kiu is also often used for the English "that", so be watchful. Tio estas porko, kiun vi ŝatas.
Tiu means "that one", or "that (followed by a noun)"
Mi ŝatas tiun kantiston = I like that singer (not * Mi ŝatas tion kantiston)
Tiu estas la plej granda besto = that one is the biggest animal
Tio estas interesanta = that is interesting
Tiu estas interesanta = that one is interesting
Since we have no noun neither explicitly stated nor known through context; if I said rigardu ĉi tiun neston; tiu estas ĝia hejmo for example, we now have a noun to reference tiu back to (nesto).
if the home belongs to it (who or whatever it is) then wouldn't it be its' home?
"Its" is the one word where you do not use an apostrophe to indicate possession - an irritating oddball, but it means that it would just be "its", and not "its'".
'It's' is short for 'it is' or 'it has.' 'Its' is what you want, which means belonging to it. Or possibly to a clown called It.
Huh. And here I could swear that I remember learning back in primary school, that it needs a apostrophe, following the 's' to imply ownership of something.
Edit- Whatever. Downvote all you like.
And I did "that is its home" and I got it correct, without doing the apostrophe.
Because you were correct. "its" means "belonging to it", "it's" is short for "it is".
Haha, I had to first google that (as I lost hope to find it here before scrolling to the bottom). Every time I learn anything on duolingo I find myself learning English as well. And I still keep getting surprised by the irregularness of it: "dad's, mom's, John's, its"
The answer is 'its'. Isn't 'it's' more appropriate, since we are dealing with a possesive?