He is left alone with something valuable and invariably steals it.
Clinic visits are free, and the focus is on preventing disease rather than treating it.
As it turned out, however, the horse was so wild that no man could mount it.
Achenes contain a single seed that nearly fills the pericarp, but does not adhere to it.
But then they were also never given a chance to think about it.
Convinced that his army was unreliable, he sent orders to disband it.
Agent provocateur a police spy who infiltrates a group to disrupt or discreditit.
He has no idea what exactly what his mission is, but he must do it.
Chapter four ransom was walking and he found a lizard and began to talk to it.
There was just no reference point in the culture to compare it.
British Dictionary definitions for it
pronoun (subjective or objective)
refers to a nonhuman, animal, plant, or inanimate thing, or sometimes to a small baby it looks dangerous, give it a bone
refers to an unspecified or implied antecedent or to a previous or understood clause, phrase, etc it is impossible, I knew it
used to represent human life or experience either in totality or in respect of the present situation how's it going?, I've had it, to brazen it out
used as a formal subject (or object), referring to a following clause, phrase, or word it helps to know the truth, I consider it dangerous to go on
used in the nominative as the formal grammatical subject of impersonal verbs. When it functions absolutely in such sentences, not referring to any previous or following clause or phrase, the context is nearly always a description of the environment or of some physical sensation it is raining, it hurts
(used as complement with be) (informal) the crucial or ultimate point the steering failed and I thought that was it
(in children's games) the player whose turn it is to try to touch another Compare he1 (sense 5b)
(informal) a desirable quality or ability he's really got it
Old English hit
it is or it has
One of the commonest mistakes made in written English is the confusion of its and it's. You can see examples of this every day in books, magazines, and newspapers: its good for us; a smart case with it's own mirror, and even Cheng, and its' subsidiaries. Its refers to something belonging to or relating to a thing that has already been mentioned: the baby threw its rattle out of the pram. It's is a shortened way of saying it is or it has (the apostrophe indicates that a letter has been omitted: it's a lovely day; it's been a great weekend.
O.E. hit, neut. nom. & acc. of third pers. sing. pronoun, from P.Gmc. demonstrative base *khi- (cf. O.Fris. hit, Du. het, Goth. hita "it"), which is also the root of he. As gender faded in M.E., it took on the meaning "thing or animal spoken about before." The h- was lost due to being in an unemphasized position, as in modern speech the h- in "give it to him," "ask her," "is only heard in the careful speech of the partially educated" [Weekley]. It "the sex act" is from 1611; meaning "sex appeal (especially in a woman)" first attested 1904 in works of Rudyard Kipling, popularized 1927 as title of a book by Elinor Glyn, and by application of It Girl to silent-film star Clara Bow (1905-1965). In children's games, meaning "the one who must tag the others" is attested from 1842.