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I am really confused with IT as pronoun and IT as a

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I am really confused with IT as pronoun and IT as a [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 19:24
I am really confused with IT as pronoun and IT as a placeholder.

let's pick GMAT SC question:

Descending approximately 4,000 years ago from the African wildcat, it has been an
exceedingly short time for the domestic cat with respect to genetic evolution and it scarcely
seems sufficient to allow the marked physical changes that transformed the animal.


I discarded this option on the basis Modifier does not follow the noun it is modifying(who ? the domestic cat).
But i felt usage of IT is correct as such. I thought both the below are correct ICs.

it has been an exceedingly short time for the domestic cat with respect to genetic evolution
it scarcely seems sufficient to allow the marked physical changes that transformed the animal.

Am I right here??

Please help me out...where should i search for antecedent of IT and I should not.
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Re: Confused with usage of IT -Generic Question [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 10:47
sujit2k7 wrote:
I am really confused with IT as pronoun and IT as a placeholder.

let's pick GMAT SC question:

Descending approximately 4,000 years ago from the African wildcat, it has been an
exceedingly short time for the domestic cat with respect to genetic evolution and it scarcely
seems sufficient to allow the marked physical changes that transformed the animal.


I discarded this option on the basis Modifier does not follow the noun it is modifying(who ? the domestic cat).
But i felt usage of IT is correct as such. I thought both the below are correct ICs.

it has been an exceedingly short time for the domestic cat with respect to genetic evolution
it scarcely seems sufficient to allow the marked physical changes that transformed the animal.

Am I right here??

Please help me out...where should i search for antecedent of IT and I should not.


I can comment about the second usage of it i.e=>"it scarcely seems sufficient to allow the marked physical changes that transformed the animal."

"It" here is not referrring to any noun , rather it is referring to infinite phrase.
Its called as a " Placeholder IT".
For Example:
To resist temptation is futile is grammatically correct but GMAT rejects it on stylistic grounds ,Hence we use placeholder 'it'. i.e It is futile to resist temptation .
Re: Confused with usage of IT -Generic Question   [#permalink] 28 May 2012, 10:47
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