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    there is more to it than that

    What does "it" and "that" each mean? "that" seems to mean "coffee itself" in the previous sentence, and "it" seems to mean the whole previous sentence. Can "it" substitute a sentence? I feel the distinction between "it" and "that" is quite ambiguous here.

    ex)For many people, a cup of coffee in the morning is part of their daily routine. If they don't have it, the rest of their day feels incomplete. Obviously, part of what makes a cup of morning coffee so enjoyable is the coffee itself. But apparently there is more to it than that. In a study, researchers had people drink a cup of coffee in their favorite mug...most people enjoyed it more when they drank it from their favorite mug....
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    Re: there is more to it than that

    As I know, "it" usually refers to previously mentioned nouns, so I wonder how it can refer to a clause like "what makes a cup of morning coffee so enjoyable .".

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    Re: there is more to it than that

    Obviously, part of what makes a cup of morning coffee so enjoyable is the coffee itself. But apparently there is more to it than that.

    there is…
    more to it = more to the matter of "what makes a cup of morning coffee so enjoyable".
    than that = than the explanation given here i.e. "the coffee itself".

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