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English definition of “it”

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
(Definition of it pronoun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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