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    Default It

    Allow someone to mistreat you, then defend them and take the blame yourself.
    Example, ďDad is in a bad mood; he yelled at me. Itís my fault as I asked a stupid question.Ē

    I would like to know the difference between "It(1)" and "It(2)"
    1. It was yesterday that I met his sister.
    2. Itís my fault as I asked a stupid question.

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    Default Re: It

    1) It was yesterday that I met his sister.

    In here "it" is used as the impersonal subject of the verb to be, esp. to refer to time, distance, or the weather.

    2) Itís my fault as I asked a stupid question.

    It's is a contraction of it is. In here "it" is used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlacidRan View Post
    1) SNIP

    2) Itís my fault as I asked a stupid question.

    It's is a contraction of it is. In here "it" is used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded.
    What or who is the person or animal? It seems like a similar use of "It" to sentence 1.

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    Default Re: It

    Quote Originally Posted by “Dad is in a bad mood; he yelled at me. It’s my fault as I asked a stupid question.”

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    It[/COLOR]’s my fault as I asked a stupid question.
    It refers to the clause he yelled at me:

    That he yelled at me is my fault ... .

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    Default Re: It

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    It refers to the clause he yelled at me:

    That he yelled at me is my fault ... .
    Yes, you are right that the word "it" is used in different way to in sentence 1. I missed the example sentence in the original post, but mostly I was just pointing out that the word "it" was not referring to any "person or animal".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    Yes, you are right that the word "it" is used in different way to in sentence 1. I missed the example sentence in the original post, but mostly I was just pointing out that the word "it" was not referring to any "person or animal".
    I agree. I liked your post.

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