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    Red face Using or omitting 'it'

    Hello,

    I wanted to ask about the usage of 'it' in a very particular sentence structure. I am not exactly sure which one of the following is correct. The sentences are:

    "I assumed that by 'rent' was meant that..."

    or

    "I assumed that by 'rent' it was meant that..."

    Thank you for reading my message.

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    Re: Using or omitting 'it'

    Can you provide a full sentence please?

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    Re: Using or omitting 'it'

    Thank you for replying. Of course:

    "I assumed that by 'rent' was meant that I would pay to use the room, not that I would receive an amount each month."

    vs.

    "I assumed that by 'rent' it was meant that I would pay to use the room, not that I would receive an amount each month."
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    Re: Using or omitting 'it'

    With this particular sentence structure, the 'it' is critical. Without 'it', the sentence isn't grammatical.

    You could also restructure the sentence a bit and eliminate the preposition 'by'. You would then have to eliminate 'it'.

    "I assumed that 'rent' meant that I would pay to use the room, not that I would receive an amount each month."

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