[Grammar] Over 80,000 people attended, making it the biggest sporting event

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In the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, it says:

Over 80,000 people attended, making it the biggest sporting event in the area.

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1. Is 'over' here a preposition?

2. Does 'it' refer to 'Over 80,000 people attended'?
 

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For number 2, no. "It" refers to a sporting event mentioned previously.
 

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For number 2, no. "It" refers to a sporting event mentioned previously.
How can I know "It" refers to a sporting event mentioned previously?
I cannot see
a sporting event mentioned previously in the original example sentence.
 

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Over 80,000 people attended, making it the biggest sporting event in the area.

How can I know "It" refers to a sporting event mentioned previously?
I cannot see
a sporting event mentioned previously in the original example sentence.

We know that it refers to something in a previous sentence because there's no antecedent for it in the subject sentence. If we wanted to refer to the people, we'd have to use them: Over 80,000 people attended, making them the biggest crowd ever seen in the area.
 
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