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pronoun uk   us   /ɪt/

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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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 IT – teknologi maklumat…
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 công nghệ thông tin…
in Spanish informació tecnològica…
in Portuguese usado para significar uma coisa, situação ou ideia que já foi mencionada anteriormente, usado antes de alguns adjetivos…
in Thai เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ (ไอที)…
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 TI, Teknologi Informasi…
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 Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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