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    ambitious-girl is offline Senior Member
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    defining happiness is not as simple as it might seem

    Is the bold 'it' used as preparatory it?

    Defining happiness is not as simple as it might seem.

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    Re: defining happiness is not as simple as it might seem

    No - it's a pronoun.

    'Defining happiness is not as simple as [defining happiness] might seem.'

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: defining happiness is not as simple as it might seem

    It's anaphoric (pointing backwards).

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