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Meaning of “it” - Learner’s Dictionary

it

pronoun     /ɪt/
THING
A1 used to refer to the thing, situation, or idea that has already been talked about: "Have you seen my bag?" "It's in the hall." It was a horrible argument and I don't want to talk about it.Personal pronouns
DESCRIPTION
A1 used before certain adjectives, nouns, or verbs to introduce an opinion or description of a situation: It's unlikely that she'll arrive on time. It's a pity you can't come with us.Personal pronouns
SUBJECT/OBJECT
A1 used with certain verbs that need a subject or object but do not refer to a particular noun: It costs less if you travel UK at the weekend/ US on the weekend. I liked it in Scotland.Personal pronouns
TIME/WEATHER
A2 used with the verb 'be' in sentences giving the time, date, weather, or distances: It rained all day. What time is it?Personal pronouns
SEEM
used as the subject of verbs such as 'seem', 'appear' and 'look': It seemed unfair to leave her at home.Personal pronouns
EMPHASIZE
used to emphasize one part of a sentence: It's the children I'm concerned about, not me.Personal pronouns
it's sb/sth
used to say the name of a person or thing when the person you are speaking to does not know: It's your Dad on the phone.Names and titles
Translations of “it”
in Arabic ضَمير الغائب لِلمُفْرَد غَيْر العاقِل, إنّه (لِلوَقْت), إنّه (لِلأسْماء)…
in Korean 그것, 상황 설명이나 의견을 말할 때 쓴다, 시간…
in Malaysian ia, digunakan sebagai subjek untuk ayat tertentu, adalah…
in French il, elle, le…
in Turkish o, onu, bahsedilen nesne…
in Italian esso, essa, lo…
in Chinese (Traditional) (用作主語或受詞)它,這,那(指上文提到的事物、動物或情況)…
in Russian он, она, оно (о предметах и животных)…
in Polish to, on, ona…
in Vietnamese cái đó, làm chủ ngữ cho một vài loại câu nói về thời tiết, khoảng cách…
in Spanish él, ella, ello (sujeto)…
in Portuguese usado para significar uma coisa, situação ou ideia que já foi mencionada anteriormente, usado antes de alguns adjetivos…
in Thai คำสรรพนามใช้แทนสัตว์ สิ่งของ และทารก, คำสรรพนามแทนคำว่า อากาศ ระยะทาง หรือเวลา, ประธานของ Verb to be เพื่อเน้นข้อความ…
in German es, zur Betonung, das…
in Catalan s’utilitza per a referir-se a alguna cosa que s’ha esmentat abans, s’utilitza davant d’adjectius, noms i verbs per a introduir una opinió o una descripció…
in Japanese それ(先述されたもの、ことなどを表す), (形容詞、名詞、動詞の前につけて形式的な主語、目的語になる), (時間、距離、天候を表す文の主語。日本語には訳さない)…
in Indonesian hal itu, kata ganti subjek, adalah…
in Chinese (Simplified) (用作主语或宾语)它,这,那(指上文提到的事物、动物或情况)…
(Definition of it pronoun from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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