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    it was found

    How could the "it" in "it was found" in both these sentences mean different.Of course it can be inferred contextually but still...
    1. "In one of the pictures of the car,it was found to be a Ford Mustang GT" (I believe, here, "it" refers to the car and serves as the subject)

    2. "In one of the pictures of the car,it was found out that the rear view mirror was broken"

    Or does "It" serves the same purpose in both sentence ?
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    Re: it was found

    Quote Originally Posted by beesting View Post
    How could the "it" in "it was found" in both these sentences mean different.Of course it can be inferred contextually but still...
    "In one of the pictures of the car,it was found to be a Ford Mustang GT" (I believe, here, "it" refers to the car and serves as the subject)
    "In one of the pictures of the car,it was found out that John Doe died of an explosion from inside"

    Or does "It" serves the same purpose in both sentence ?
    Neither of the sentences is natural. The first one is not even possible. In the second, it would not be possible to know that from a picture.

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    Re: it was found

    I agree that neither sentence is particularly natural. However, leaving Mike's reservations to one side, and suspending disbelief..
    The "it" in the first sentence does refer to the car. The "it" in the second sentence refers to what was found out, ie the fact that John Doe died of an explosion from inside.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: it was found

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Neither of the sentences is natural. The first one is not even possible. In the second, it would not be possible to know that from a picture.
    Sorry my post was misleading.Actually the latter(that is the death of John Doe) had nothing to do with the car being a Ford in the first sentence,if that was what you meant. .I have altered the original post completely.

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    Re: it was found

    Please don't change a post after people have responded to it. It can make their responses seem pointless. Simply explain the slip and post a fresh version.

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