|Learning English - The Flatmates|
We use it to talk about a specific place, thing, animal or situation. In episode 92 of The Flatmates, Khalid should have said:|
"It's going well" (It's = settling in to the flat)
I was late yesterday. It was because my alarm didn't go off. (it = my being late)
I tried that new cafe yesterday. It was really packed. (it = the cafe)
He wants to move to the countryside. It'll be much quieter there. (it = the countryside)
We can also use it to talk about distance, weather and time:
How far is it to your house?
It's hot today.
It was last June when I saw her.
We can use it with adjectives in a to + infinitive expression like:
It's great to live and work in New York.
It was fascinating to see these ancient buildings.
We usually begin these expressions with it, we don't usually put it towards the end of the sentence:
'It's bad for you to smoke cigarettes' sounds more natural than 'To smoke cigarettes is bad for you'.
'It was great that he finally got married' sounds more natural than 'That he finally got married was great'.
We can also use it to introduce a for + infinitive expression like:
It's important for you to watch me, if you want to learn the dance steps.
It will be good for her to have a break. She's been working too hard.
She grew up in a small village. There were a lot of farms near her house. It was a very peaceful place to live.
He works in a huge hospital. It's a very stressful job. There are lots of emergencies he has to deal with there.
short for 'football'
get something by persuading someone or by doing something clever
put my foot in it (informal)
say something you didn't mean to say which upsets or embarrasses someone