Introductory ‘IT’: In sentences about Time and Weather

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Introductory ‘it’ refers to the use of ‘it’ as the subject of a sentence in the absence of a meaningful subject.

It is used particularly in sentences about time and the weather, as in:

It is midnight.

It is dawn.

It is five o’clock.

It is twelve noon.

It is raining.

It was snowing.

It was windy.

It was blowing a gale.

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