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    #1

    it was to

    Please explain to me the usage of "whose task it was to" in the following context:

    "In English law, the trust was one of the tools created by the Court whose task it was to administer the law"

    I do nbot understand this because I would use "whose task was" instead of "whose task it was to". Thank you

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    #2

    Re: it was to

    'It was their task to administer the law.' That's where the it comes from.
    'Administering the law was their task'. That;s where the zero-it variant comes from.

    They are both acceptable. 'Whose task it was to...' sounds to me more formal (and sometimes pompous).

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