Grammar Patterns

General it as Subject

General it as Subject

Sometimes the pronoun it does not refer to something that has been explicitly mentioned, and does not point forwards or backwards to a clause giving new information. In these cases, either it does not refer to anything at all, or it refers very vaguely to the general situation. We call this general it. In all the patterns described in this section, general it is the Subject.1 it V2 it V adj3 it V adj prep/adv4 it V n5 it V to n6 it V prep/adv that

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