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# The antecedent for pronoun "IT"

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02 Feb 2017, 23:17
"It" can have an antecedent and sometimes it works as a dummy subject(forgot the exact terms used someone mentioned in one post). I always get confused where it should have an antecedent and where it should not.
For instance--

she is going out, and it is raining today (no antecedent)

She is working on a case, and it is not getting resolved.(it refers to case)

Above were very simple examples, so anyone can easily identify in which sentence "it" should have antecedent; however, this is not the case with GMAT SC sentences. They are complex. Please help how to identify when "it" should have antecedent and when "it" should not
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02 Feb 2017, 23:32
AR15J wrote:
"It" can have an antecedent and sometimes it works as a dummy subject(forgot the exact terms used someone mentioned in one post). I always get confused where it should have an antecedent and where it should not.
For instance--

she is going out, and it is raining today (no antecedent)

She is working on a case, and it is not getting resolved.(it refers to case)

Above were very simple examples, so anyone can easily identify in which sentence "it" should have antecedent; however, this is not the case with GMAT SC sentences. They are complex. Please help how to identify when "it" should have antecedent and when "it" should not

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20 Feb 2017, 21:00
AR15J wrote:
"It" can have an antecedent and sometimes it works as a dummy subject(forgot the exact terms used someone mentioned in one post). I always get confused where it should have an antecedent and where it should not.
For instance--

she is going out, and it is raining today (no antecedent)

She is working on a case, and it is not getting resolved.(it refers to case)

Above were very simple examples, so anyone can easily identify in which sentence "it" should have antecedent; however, this is not the case with GMAT SC sentences. They are complex. Please help how to identify when "it" should have antecedent and when "it" should not

Isn't "it" just a singular pronoun use for a singular antecedent? All that matters is, in the sentence, it should have only one logical antecedent. Any more on that causes ambiguity and is thus wrong. Dunno if this helps.
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21 Feb 2017, 21:44
AR15J wrote:
she is going out, and it is raining today (no antecedent)

Hi AR15J, this kind of a usage of it (it is raining today) will pretty much never appear on GMAT. However, what can be expected is when pronoun it comes before the antecedent. For example:

It takes great courage to prevail amidst uncertainty.

Here, while a casual look might suggest that it has no antecedent, this is actually just a case when pronoun it comes before the antecedent (to prevail amidst uncertainty).

p.s. Our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses this concept, its application and examples. I have attached the corresponding section for your reference.
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