Dummy pronoun

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A dummy pronoun (/dʌmi prəʊnaʊn/) is a pronoun used even though it has little-to-no substantive meaning, in order to follow syntax rules.[1]

The two main dummy pronouns used in English are it and there (and here)

For example

  • It's sunny today
  • It seems that the meeting was cancelled.

Unfortunately, this is one of these areas that grammarians like to argue over.

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