posted by rfvv
As it is too noisy, I can't hear you.
In this sentence, what does 'it' refer to?•English - Ms. Sue, Friday, December 25, 2015 at 5:45pm
In this kind of construction, "it" represents an understood concept. Wherever the speaker may be is too noisy.
* As it is too noisy, I can't hear you.*
Thank you for your help. In this case, because there is no context, is 'it' an impersonal pronoun without referring to anything?
"It" is an indefinite pronoun. Of course, there's a context. We assume the listener knows why the speaker claims the noisy conditions.
e.g. I don't like that restaurant because it's too noisy.
(In this sentence, 'it' refers to 'that restaurant.' Am I right?)
e.g. There must be a fight going on outside. It is way too noisy.
(In this sentence, does 'it' refer to 'a fight'?)
Yes, to both of your questions.