The first person for this year who expressed their irritation to me about a perceived incorrect usage wrote an eloquent email about the misuse of identify, as in:
We can identify what it is.
This should be either,
We can identify it.
We can determine what it is.
To determine something is to come to a conclusion about its nature.
To identify something is to recognise it as belonging to a particular category or kind.
You can come to a conclusion about what something is but you cannot identify what it is. The notion of being a particular kind of thing is already in the verb to identify and so this construction is a kind of tautology. Not that the English language minds repetitions.
The alignment of identify with determine seems to have gained increased currency since the 1950s.