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    forinfo is offline Junior Member
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    It is 2km from here. -impersonal subject

    Hello,

    In the following example, I've learned that the word "it" is an impersonal subject.

    A: How far is the city hall?
    B: It is 2km from here.

    I wonder if "it" can also be regarded as a pronoun indicating the city hall.

    Thank you for your reply in advance.

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    Re: It is 2km from here. -impersonal subject

    It certainly can.

    It's only an impersonal pronoun in the sense that a city hall is not a person.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: It is 2km from here. -impersonal subject

    It is not an empty pronoun as used in something like it is raining because we know exactly what it refers to.

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