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    #1

    wait outside/wait outside it

    Hi.

    This is from daily spoken English. The author is talking about his uncle's experience of traveling abroad.

    My uncle had a very funny experience when he toured Europe with his friends. One day he wanted to use a restroom and he waited outside it for a long time. (In order to save time and space, I don't type the latter longer part.)

    I wonder if the "it" is necessary or optional here.

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    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    What do you mean by daily spoken English? This sentence has features of written, not spoken English. Did you write it?

    It's not really necessary, no.

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    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    What do you mean by daily spoken English? This sentence has features of written, not spoken English. Did you write it?

    It's not really necessary, no.
    Daily Spoken English is a book published here. I think it's interesting so I read it from time to time. The author is someone whose English is good.

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    #4

    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    Oh, I see. Why didn't you capitalise the words, then?

    Well, like I said, the sentence doesn't sound like daily spoken English. It sounds like something that somebody would write.

    Who's the author and publisher?

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    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    Sorry, that was my fault. I'll pay attention it next time.

    It's a group of people and I don't know the publisher because I read the kindle version. Here's a link about it. See if you can access it.

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    #6

    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It's not really necessary, no.
    A second thought. Is it wrong to use "it" here?

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    #7

    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    A second thought. Is it wrong to use "it" here?
    No. It makes it clear that he was waiting outside of the restroom. Otherwise, the sentence could be understood to mean he waited outside of the building.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: wait outside/wait outside it

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    It's a group of people and I don't know the publisher because I read the kindle version.
    All the books on my Kindle have the publisher's information, either on the first page or the last page. Your link works but leads to an untranslatable page in Chinese.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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