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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 Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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