I got one example where OG uses IT as placeholder.(Correct me if wrong) OG12
#52 .To Josephine Baker, Paris was her home long before it was fashionable to be an expatriate,
and she remained in France during the Second World War as a performer and an intelligence agent for the Resistance.
Also in the correct option D they are using IT as placeholder
D. Long before it
was fashionable to be an expatriate, Josephine Baker made Paris her home
Now Kyle my question still remains unanswered is there any structure where I can rest in peace that IT will not have any antecedent.
Waiting for ur valuable inputs.
Excellent example - thanks for sharing it across.
In rare cases you may see the GMAT use a placeholder "it" to place awkward subjects or objects later in the sentence. These placeholder "it" situations are fairly easy to spot because "it" will be sitting in the first position as the subject or object instead of appearling later on in the sentence after the antecedent (subject/object).
Placeholder It situations:
It was faster to walk home than to wait for the bus. [infinitive subject now appears at the end of the sentence]
It was hard knowing that we lost the game because we were lazy. [that-clause subject now appears at the end]
The monsoon rains made it possible for us to canoe in our backyard [infinitive subject appears at end].
Normal Pronoun It situations
The business had to close because it ran out of cash. [replacing the subject]
I love that dog because it never barks at night. [replacing the object]
Again, placeholder it situations are rare, but as you pointed out they can appear in a GMAT sentence!
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