''Put it over there.''
''Take each day as it comes.''
''I heard the sound of the school bus - it was early today.''
2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
- It is not a pen. It is a book.
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''She took the baby and held it in her arms.''
1847, Charlotte Brontë, ''Jane Eyre'', Chapter IV:
- A child cannot quarrel with its elders, as I had done; cannot give its furious feelings uncontrolled play, as I had given mine, without experiencing afterwards the pang of remorse and the chill of reaction.
(quote-book) "There was nobody else, sir, to take the little helpless creature in hand," replied Mrs. Clements. "The wicked mother seemed to hate it—as if the poor baby was in fault!—from the day it was born. My heart was heavy for the child, and I made the offer to bring it up as tenderly as if it was my own.""Did Anne remain entirely under your care from that time?""Not quite entirely, sir. Mrs. Catherick had her whims and fancies about it at times, and used now and then to lay claim to the child, as if she wanted to spite me for bringing it up.
2005, Marcus Zusak, ''The Book Thief'', part 10:
- The sky was dripping. Like a tap that a child has tried its hardest to turn off but hasn't quite managed.
''It's me. John.''
''Is it her?''
''It is I, your king.''
''It is nearly 10 o’clock.''
''It’s 10:45'' read ''ten-forty-five''.
''It’s very cold today.''
''It’s lonely without you.''
''It is easy to see how she would think that.'' (with the infinitive clause headed by ''to see'')
''I find it odd that you would say that.'' (with the noun clause introduced by ''that'')
''It is hard seeing you so sick.'' (with the gerund ''seeing'')
''He saw to it that everyone would vote for him.'' (with the noun clause introduced by ''that'')
''It is not clear if the report was true.'' (with the noun clause introduced by ''if'')
''Are there more students in this class, or is this it''?
''That's it—I'm not going to any more candy stores with you.''
1993, Bruce Coville, ''Aliens Ate My Homework'', pages 72–73:
- "Oh, don't be silly. I am neither male nor female. I'm a farfel." (..) "''It''. Refer to me as an it.""That seems pretty rude," I said nervously."Not as rude as calling me a he or a she," it said.
(n-g): That which; what.
1643, (w), ''Religio Medici'', II.2:
- In briefe, I am content, and what should providence add more? Surely this is it it which wee call Happinesse, and this doe I enjoy ....
1611, ''Authorized King James Version of the Bible'', first edition, Leviticus 25:5:
- That which groweth of it owne accord of thy haruest, thou ſhalt not reape, neither gather the grapes of thy Uine vndreſſed: for it is a yeere of reſt vnto the land. (qualifier)
1920, (w), ''Bulldog Drummond'' Chapter 1
- His master glanced up quickly, and removed the letter from his hands. "I'm surprised at you, James," he remarked severely. "A secretary should control itself. Don't forget that the perfect secretary is an it: an automatic machine—a thing incapable of feeling.…"
1995, Neil Weiner, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius, ''Shattered innocence'' (page 8)
- Too often, children become an "it" in their homes and their humanness is devalued.
''In the next game, Adam and Tom will be it…''
2000, Katherine T. Thomas, Amelia M. Lee, Jerry R. Thomas, ''Physical education for children'' (page 464)
- When there are only two children left who haven't been tagged, I will stop the game, and we will start over with those children starting as the Its.
The game of tag.
''Let's play it at breaktime.''
1904, Rudyard Kipling, "Mrs Bathurst"
- 'Tisn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just It. Some women'll stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street
1927, Dorothy Parker:
- And she had It. It, hell; she had Those.
1991, (w), ''The Liar'', p. 14:
- The great advantage of English school life lies of course in the quality of tutelage it provides. Adrian had received a decent and broad English education in the area of his loins... He had quickly happened upon the truth which many lonely contemporaries would never discover, the truth that everybody, simply everybody, was panting for it and could, with patience, be ''shown'' that they were panting for it. So Adrian grabbed what was to hand and had the time of his life genitally—focusing exclusively on his own gender of course, for this was 1973 and girls had not yet been invented.
''caught them doing it''
2007 September, ''Vibe'', volume 15, number 9, page 202:
- Going away for the weekend and feel the need to profile en route? This is the "it" bag.
2010, David Germain, https://web.archive.org/web/20100507032400/http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36481998/ns/entertainment-movies/ ''Hilarious ‘Kick-Ass’ delivers bloody fun'', Associated Press
- With Hit Girl, Moretz is this year's It Girl, alternately sweet, savage and scary.
(abbreviation of) (gloss)
''used to assign accentuation to expression''
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