Meaning of “it” - Learner’s Dictionary


pronoun us uk /ɪt/
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We can't guarantee that it will arrive in time.Divide the dough in half and roll it out into two circles.Keep hold of this. You might need it later.The manager knocked $5 off because it was damaged.We don't get much sun - enjoy it while it lasts!

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.

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.

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.

A2 used with the verb 'be' in sentences giving the time, date, weather, or distances:

It rained all day.
What time is it?

used as the subject of verbs such as 'seem', 'appear' and 'look':

It seemed unfair to leave her at home.

used to emphasize one part of a sentence:

It's the children I'm concerned about, not me.
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.

(Definition of “it pronoun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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