Dan   Sunday, July 11, 2004, 01:51 GMT
I've always been told that it can't be use as a replacement for a person,

I've heard in a movie,

"if a saw a pirate, i'd kill it"
Ailian   Sunday, July 11, 2004, 03:31 GMT
In this case, the speaker is making his opinion of the pirate known (unconsciously, I'm sure); to him, a pirate is not a person, but a thing.