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it

pronoun uk   /ɪt/ us  

it pronoun (THING)

A1 used as the subject of a verb, or the object of a verb or preposition, to refer to a thing, animal, situation, or idea that has already been mentioned: "Where's my pen? It was on my desk a minute ago." "You left it by the phone." The company was losing money and it had to let people go. The argument was upsetting for us all - I don't want to talk about it. Children who stay away from school do it for different reasons.
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it pronoun (SUBJECT/OBJECT)

A1 used as the subject or object of a verb to represent a phrase at the end of the sentence: It's unlikely that she'll arrive on time. It costs more if you travel before 9.00. I liked it in Scotland. I find it convenient to be able to do my banking by phone.

it pronoun (TIME/WEATHER)

A2 used to talk about the time, date, weather, or distances: What time is it? It was October, so it was quite cold. It rained all day. It's ten miles to Leeds.
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