Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dummy Pronouns It and There

We use the term dummy pronoun to refer to the pronouns it and there used as grammatical subjects without any meaning, but with a relation to another element in the clause that carries the meaning.

English makes use of dummy pronouns in subject position.

‘It’ and ‘there’ are used in different contexts.

Look at these examples:

What time is it?  
It’s six o'clock.  
It’s raining. 
It’s time for lunch.
How far is it from here to London?
There was a tiger in this jungle.
There were a lot of people outside the police station.
There was an earthquake in the early morning. 

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