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    is the usage of it, redundant?

    My friend asked me something.. I told him: 'it is lying somewhere.. if you still want it, i will search for it and pass it on to you.'

    Is my usage correct? my issue is with the usage of 'it'

    please correct the sentence if am wrong or re-frame the sentence which sounds better..


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    Re: is the usage of it, redundant?

    I think you could remove still, the second it, and perform some contractions.

    A more natural version (in terms of speech, and in my opinion) would be

    'it's lying somewhere.. if you want, I'll search for it and pass it on to you.'

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: is the usage of it, redundant?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    My friend asked me ^for^ something.. I told him: 'it is lying somewhere.. if you still want it, i will search for it and pass it on to you.'

    Is my usage correct? my issue is with the usage of 'it'

    please correct the sentence if am wrong or re-frame the sentence which sounds better..
    'If you still want it,' is fine. The words 'lying somewhere' are a bit strange - unless it's something like a cat (which might be in another position); it'd be more natural to say 'It's somewhere around.' And 'let you have it [back - if the friend was the original owner]' might fit better. 'Pass it on' would refer to something that was being circulated - say,a magazine that Tom lent to Dick, who was then meant to pass it on to Harry.

    The missing 'for' is important. Without it, you're not talking about an object of any kind - 'My friend asked me something, but I didn't know the answer.'

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