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    it/that

    I would like to know the meaning of "It and that" in the next sentence.
    Just press the button. It is as simple as that.

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    Re: it/that

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the meaning of "It and that" in the next sentence.
    Just press the button. It is as simple as that.
    It --> The very act or pressing the button
    that --> pressing it

    This could be rephrased as:

    "Just press the button. It is easy."
    or
    "Just press the button. It is simple."


    Not a native speaker

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    Re: it/that

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the meaning of "It and that" in the next sentence.
    Just press the button. It is as simple as that.
    "that" refers to pressing the button.
    "it" refers to something not present in the example.

    A: How do I call a nurse?
    B: Just press the button. It's as simply as that.

    In this case, "it" means "calling a nurse". Calling a nurse is as simple as pressing the button.

    I don't think ymnisky's example of "Pressing the button is as simple as pressing the button" is wrong, but it's probably not a very useful concept.

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