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As it is too noisy, I can't hear you.
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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.
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* 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?

  1. Ms. Sue

    "It" is an indefinite pronoun. Of course, there's a context. We assume the listener knows why the speaker claims the noisy conditions.

  2. rfvv

    Thank you.

    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'?)

  3. Writeacher

    Yes, to both of your questions.

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