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    Question What is IT???

    I have a question about the word 'it'.

    Five months after the Scorpion disappeard, a navy ship found it. It was only 220 yards from where Craven's group had said it would be.

    Above sentences, there are three 'it' .
    i think that the second 'it' has no meaning , whereas the first and third 'it' refer to 'scorpion'. is it right?

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    Re: What is IT???

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    I have a question about the word 'it'.

    Five months after the Scorpion disappeard, a navy ship found it. It was only 220 yards from where Craven's group had said it would be.

    Above sentences, there are three 'it' .
    i think that the second 'it' has no meaning , whereas the first and third 'it' refer to 'scorpion'. is it right?
    The second it is impersonal subject/sentence starter for the verb to be.Here was.
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    rj1948.


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    Re: What is IT???

    No, the second it refers to the navy ship.You can't say that a word in a sentence has no meaning.

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    Re: What is IT???

    Quote Originally Posted by dzineb View Post
    No, the second it refers to the navy ship.You can't say that a word in a sentence has no meaning.
    Yes.you are right . It was an oversight.

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    Re: What is IT???

    Isn't it IT here is a personal pronoun referring to the persons, places, animals, things or events spoken about?

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    It is interesting to study English..What do you mean by the word IT in this sentence?

    If I'm not mistaken, We use it for time/day/distance/weather..
    Base from my first sentence and question...Isn't it IT there is use for distance?

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    Re: What is IT???

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    Isn't it IT here is a personal pronoun referring to the persons, places, animals, things or events spoken about?

    Example:

    It is interesting to study English..What do you mean by the word IT in this sentence?

    If I'm not mistaken, We use it for time/day/distance/weather..
    Base from my first sentence and question...Isn't it IT there is use for distance?
    It is an impersonal subject here and it is a sentence starter.
    Regards,
    rj1948
    Last edited by rj1948; 04-Jun-2008 at 17:16.

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    Re: What is IT???

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    I have a question about the word 'it'.

    Five months after the Scorpion disappeard, a navy ship found it(the Scorpion). It was only 220 yards from where Craven's group had said it(the Scorpion) would be.

    Above sentences, there are three 'it' .
    i think that the second 'it' has no meaning , whereas the first and third 'it' refer to 'scorpion'. is it right?
    It's a little hard for me, too.
    Well, yes, I agree with you. The second one is a meaningless subject. It's often with expressions that refer to time, weather, temperature or distances.
    However...I feel... it could also refer to the Scorpion...

    Let's wait for other native speakers to respond.

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    Re: What is IT???

    The three "it" are meaningful and they refer to the Scorpions.

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    Re: What is IT???

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    It's a little hard for me, too.
    Well, yes, I agree with you. The second one is a meaningless subject. It's often with expressions that refer to time, weather, temperature or distances.
    However...I feel... it could also refer to the Scorpion...

    Let's wait for other native speakers to respond.
    It is easy to find fault.

    It is used here as a temporary and provisional subject before the verb to be.
    To find fault (sub)is easy. Compare this with the initial thread.
    rj1948.

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    Re: What is IT???

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    It is easy to find fault.

    It is used here as a temporary and provisional subject before the verb to be.
    To find fault (sub)is easy. Compare this with the initial thread.
    rj1948.
    Yes, I agree with you.
    The second one is a meaningless subject, right?

    However, I don't really think it is a "it...to-" structure.

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