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    Default What does 'it' refer to?

    Hi!

    Could you please tell me what 'it' refer to in the follow context where I highlight in blue? Does it refer to 'her heart'? Thank you.

    Dear Bel,
    Throughout my married life, I always said if my husband had an affair that would be it. But when it slaps you in the face, as it did after eight years of marriage, there is a whole picture to consider - most importantly your children.
    Then there's friends, family and a life that you have built together, while you were totally in love and marriage was for ever.
    I wrote out all the pros and cons before making a final decision to stay. I was devastated and my heart felt it had been ripped out - although I was told: 'Get over it - it's in the past.'
    Source: the Daily Mail
    BEL MOONEY: How can I ever trust again after so many lies? | Mail Online


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    Default Re: What does 'it' refer to?

    hi , you forgot to highlight:)

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    Default Re: What does 'it' refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    hi , you forgot to highlight:)
    I did. It is in the last line of the text I quote.

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    Default Re: What does 'it' refer to?

    The sentence anthropomorphizes(=the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object) an organ of the body, the heart.

    If I said, "I felt I had been slapped in the face by her remark"

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    "My heart felt it had been ripped out."

    It's as if the heart has 'awareness', 'consciousness', and in effect, in direct speech, would be saying:
    "I felt I had been ripped out of his body." (where 'I' here refers to the heart.)

    So -'it' refers back to 'heart'.
    Last edited by David L.; 08-Mar-2009 at 11:24.

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    Default Re: What does 'it' refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I did. It is in the last line of the text I quote.
    Oh, true, jeje, I missed it!

    David has already answered I see:)

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    Default Re: What does 'it' refer to?

    Hello David,

    Thank you very much for your help. I got it.


    Heitida, thank you for your attention again.


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    Default Re: What does 'it' refer to?

    Always welcome, daffodil, I do like your intelligent and very well posed quests, not so very usual on any forum:)

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