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    it/ that

    I would like to know the meaning of "it" and "that'.

    Sir Wilfred, perhaps, was still in my head.
    So it was that at 5 .30am I dragged myself and my other half out of the warm, comfortable bed and set off 150 yards up the near -vertical expanse of sand

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    Re: it/ that

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    So it (the time of day) was that (when the event happened) at 5:30 AM...
    I don't agree.

    'So it was that' is another way of saying 'so it came about that..', 'thus it happened that...'. Perhaps a more modern version of this sentence might be, "And that is why, at 5.30 am..."

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    Re: it/ that

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I don't agree.

    'So it was that' is another way of saying 'so it came about that..', 'thus it happened that...'. Perhaps a more modern version of this sentence might be, "And that is why, at 5.30 am..."
    I agree.

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