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    "IT"

    In this text. "Hotel Ice is made of 250 tons of ice. It takes 8 weeks to build".
    The pronoun "it" substitute "the hotel" or "to build".
    Does the last statement mean the same that: "It takes 8 weeks to build it".
    Please, explain it.
    Can I say "They take 8 hours to get home" or do I have to say "It takes 8 hours for them to get home".
    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Re: "IT"

    It takes 8 weeks to build. It = the hotel
    It takes 8 weeks to build it. The first it = empty subject to make the serntence grammatical.

    Of the two, the first sound better to me.

    Can I say "They take 8 hours to get home" or do I have to say "It takes 8 hours for them to get home". (Or It takes them 8 hours....)

    You can use both, though the second form is more common.

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