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# Question on "It" starting a clause

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Question on "It" starting a clause [#permalink]

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20 May 2012, 17:46
Hi All,

I have this confusion. when is it ok for "it" to start a clause

e.g

Though the artifacts d pre-Columbian civization created a stir from
the very frst European contacts with the New World in the
sixteenth century, it was not until the latter half of the nineteenth
century that Western desgnerst artssts, and crafters were inspired
to imitate them.

The above sentence is correct.

What does it stand for here? How do we know that usage of it is required.

Could someone please provide more examples.

Thanks

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21 May 2012, 04:35
What I normally do is break down the sentance to its basics by removing the unnecessary part.

This is what I'd break the question down to so it would be easier for me to analyze.
'Though the artifacts created a stir, it was not until the latter half that crafters were inspired.'

In the above sentance, it is a reference to the previous clause; more specifically, to the impact the artifacts had. Hope that helps.
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21 May 2012, 08:14
Very often we start sentence with pronouns such as it and there without any referents for them. They are called place - holders. Their purpose is only to fill up the gap and not to add any real meaning.

Examples:

It is said that Cricket is turning too corrupt
There are no top leaders these days, only top floaters
It is claimed that GMAT suits a chosen few intelligent people.
There would be no progress, if there were no change

In all these cases, it or there means nothing except to facilitate easy start
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