Unit 13 of the Original Scenario, Volume Two: English Grammar in Context: the Filler It (“The World”), pages 164-174
Who It’s For: (Self) Teachers & Helpers at Intermediate to Advanced Proficiency Levels Who Enjoy Varying Sentence Structures for Precision, Style, & Sound
Why It’s Useful: Among the many subtopics that may or may not appear in lessons aiming at verb-tense (time frame) mastery are sentences with “the Filler It,” sometimes compared or contrasted with structures containing “the Filler There.” Instead of being utilized as pronouns or adverbs, in many (“existential”) sentences these two common words function as “fillers,” “expletives” (unnecessary elements), or “dummy, empty, delaying subjects” without clearly definable “lexical meaning.”
One of the more typical uses of the filler it is in statements or questions pertaining to weather (Examples: It gets dark early. It isn’t raining. Did it snow last night?); time (What time is it? It was 2020, wasn’t it?); and distance (How far is it from Earth to the Moon? It will take a long time to get there.) In old-fashioned linear fashion, Unit 13 of the earliest Scenario: English Grammar in Context covers these structures in context, comparing them with the previously mastered “expletive” there + form of be.
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