[Grammar] I began to find it hard to breath

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

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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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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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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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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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But[STRIKE],[/STRIKE] 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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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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"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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This was posted earlier, and somebody claimed it was their own work (based on personal experience).
 

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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 a full stop [no quotation marks] before "Soon"?
The convention is that sentence-ending punctuation in quoted text also ends the sentence in which the quoted text appears.

Here on the forum we often embed quoted text in sentences which are not ended by the embedded punctuation mark, as in Is the question "What you doing?" correct? In such cases, the lower-case initial letter of the word following the quote tells the reader that the sentence is still going on.

Use quotation marks to indicate quoted text or words you're writing about. Don't use them for emphasis.
 
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