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    #1

    usage of 'it'

    1. He thinks it foolish to to learn music.
    2. I think it impossible that he should ill-treat him.
    3. He is an idiot, and he looks it.
    4. I suppose it wrong to tell lies.
    5. What a pretty girl it is.

    I was wondering if the above sentences are natural.

    Thanks.
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    #2

    Re: usage of 'it'

    All except 5. are OK.

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    #3

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    Hello.
    May I ask a question here?
    I'm not really sure about #3.
    What does "he looks it." mean? Could it be "he looks like it."?

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    Re: usage of 'it'

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    May I ask a question here?
    I'm not really sure about #3.
    What does "he looks it." mean? Could it be "he looks like it."?
    #3 is fine.

    - "I might have to go inside and cool off. I'm really hot".
    - "Yes, you look it".

    However, #4 is unnatural. "I suppose it is​ wrong to tell lies".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    May I ask a question here?
    I'm not really sure about #3.
    What does "he looks it." mean? Could it be "he looks like it."?
    Hi tzfujimino

    I also found this sentence weird. All the above sentences are copied from a book written by a non-native speaker.

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    #3 is fine.

    - "I might have to go inside and cool off. I'm really hot".
    - "Yes, you look it".

    However, #4 is unnatural. "I suppose it is​ wrong to tell lies".
    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    So, in your example, "you look it." means "you look really hot." Am I correct?

    I didn't know "look + (Pro)noun" is acceptable.
    I've found "He looks a nice man." here:
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 25-Jun-2013 at 17:03.

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    #7

    Re: usage of 'it'

    This construction is common in BrE, but less so in AmE. In AmE would would usually say, "He looks like a nice man".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Hi tzfujimino

    I also found this sentence weird. All the above sentences are copied from a book written by a non-native speaker.
    I've never taught my students "look + (Pro)noun" is OK. I thought it was either a typo or a grammatical error.
    Thanks to your post, I've just learned a new thing.

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    #9

    Re: usage of 'it'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    #3 is fine.

    However, #4 is unnatural. "I suppose it is​ wrong to tell lies".
    Thanks ems

    1. He thinks it foolish to learn music.
    2. I think it impossible that he should ill-treat him.

    Why don't we add 'is" after 'it' in the above sentences? You added 'is' after 'it' in the sentence of 'I suppose it wrong to tell lies.'

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    #10

    Re: usage of 'it'

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks ems

    1. He thinks it foolish to learn music.
    2. I think it impossible that he should ill-treat him.

    Why don't we add 'is" after 'it' in the above sentences? You added 'is' after 'it' in the sentence of 'I suppose it wrong to tell lies.'
    Some verbs work OK with just "it" - "think" and "consider" are the main two.

    I think it odd that you don't like eggs.
    I consider it odd that you don't like eggs.
    BUT
    I suppose it is a little odd that I don't like eggs.
    I guess it is a bit odd that I don't like eggs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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