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    Question It Role

    Why don't just "raining" use instead of "it" sentence below? What is it grammatically explaining? Thanks in advance.


    "I'm not going out until it stops raining."

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    Re: It Role

    You could say:

    I'm not going out until the rain stops.

    However, as constructed the sentence needs "it" there. (The word "it" refers to the weather.)

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    Re: It Role

    That just happens to be the way we do it in English.

    'Raining' cannot function as a verb in a sentence without part of BE and a subject.

    French and German have similar weather expressions with an impersonal pronoun. I imagine some other languages do.

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    Re: It Role

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    Why don't we just ​use "raining" use instead of "it" in the sentence below? What is it grammatically explaining the grammatical explanation? Thanks in advance.

    "I'm not going out until it stops raining."
    See my changes above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It Role

    It's an empty subject. Some languages require them, while others don't. The grammatical explanation is that English is one of the languages that does require a subject there.

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