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    What part of speech is 'it' in all the sentences?

    Hi teachers,
    According to this sentence, 'It is natural to make mistakes when you learn something new'.
    Two possible questions could be:
    a) What is it natural to make when you learn something new?
    b) Is it natural to make mistakes when you learn something new?
    My question is: What part of speech is 'it' in all the above sentences? Is it the 'empty pronoun'? if yes, 'What does 'it' in my sentences refer to?'
    Because none of the below ones fit in my sentences given:
    The empty pronoun it can be used to refer to the weather (It will be cloudy tomorrow.)
    The empty pronoun it can be used to refer to the time (It is five o'clock.)
    The empty pronoun it can be used to refer to the date (It was December.)
    The empty pronoun it can be used as the object of verbs such as like,prefer (I prefer it when people are polite.)

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 16-Jun-2012 at 19:20.

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