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The Two Dummy Pronouns

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The Two Dummy Pronouns
Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do.
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The Two Dummy Pronouns
Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. What are the two dummy pronouns?
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Dummy subjects


It as a dummy subject

We often use it as a dummy subject with adjectives and their complements:

It’s important to wear a helmet whenever you do any dangerous sport.

[real subject]
Wearing a helmet when you do any dangerous sport is important.

Not: Is important to wear a helmet … (The real subject is ‘wearing a helmet when you do any dangerous sport’ – that is what is important.)

It’s useful to write down your passport number somewhere, in case you lose it.



There as a dummy subject

There operates as a dummy subject in the construction there is or there are. There is/are indicates that something or someone exists or is in a particular place or situation:

There’s a woman waiting outside who wants to talk to you. (The real subject is the woman – she is waiting outside.).

Not: Is a woman waiting outside … or It’s a woman waiting outside…

There are two shops in the village.

Not: Are two shops … or They are two shops…


https://dictionary.cambridge.org/fr/grammaire/grammaire-britannique/dummy-subjects
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The Two Dummy Pronouns
Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do.


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