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    I began to find it hard to breath

    What does "" mean here? Does it mean "because" or does it mean "when"?
    I was surprised by how much it hurt. Then, it got even scarierI began to find it hard to breathe, and I couldn't stop coughing.
    Last edited by sania-baharat; 19-Oct-2017 at 08:59. Reason: fix typos Thanks Piscean

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    Always tell us the source of any text you quote, please.

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    Here is the full paragraph:

    My first feeling was, ‘Ow! That hurts!’ Soon, my foot began to turn red and swell up. My mother insisted that we saw a doctor unless it got better in a few minutes. However, my foot just got bigger and bigger, and itched terribly, which really worried my family and me. I was surprised by how much it hurt. Then, it got even scarier—I began to find it hard to breathe, and I couldn't stop coughing.

    Source: IELTS Cambridge Grammar

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    The dash could be replaced by a colon: it tells us why the situation got even scarier.

    That's why we ask for context in post #1.

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    My first feeling was, ‘Ow! That hurts!’ Soon, my foot began to turn red and swell up.
    Is the punctuation above correct? Shouldn't we put "full stop" before "Soon"?

    Then, it got even scarierI began to find it hard to breathe, and I couldn't stop coughing.
    Does "it" in the sentence above refer to "his/her foot"?

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    1. No
    Thank you Piscean. But, it is so weird to see the word "Soon" starts with the capital letter in the middle of the sentence.

    2. 'It' refers to the situation.
    Great. However, we didn't mention to "situation" before in the context earlier. Can we use pronoun in this way?

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    But, it is so weird to see the word "Soon" starts with the capital letter in the middle of the sentence.
    Please read the sentence again carefully. It actually starts with the word 'soon'.

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Great. However, we didn't mention to "situation" before in the context earlier. Can we use pronoun in this way?
    Yes.
    Let me give you another example:
    I like it here.
    =I like the situation here.


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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    "Soon" starts a sentence. It's not in the middle of a sentence.

    The situation is described. You don't have to use the word "situation".

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    Re: I began to find it hard to breath

    This was posted earlier, and somebody claimed it was their own work (based on personal experience).

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