Why is "it" used in "How is it life after death?"? I know it looks strange, but I can't understand the use of "it". Why can't I write "How is life after death?" or "How is the life after death?" There are difference between the meaning of these forms?

Thanks for helping

  • Look up "dummy subject" ... – Robusto Jan 24 '17 at 3:35
  • I've never personally heard that phrase, and google isn't giving me anything. Is the question asking "What's the afterlife like?"? – Joe Pinsonault Jan 24 '17 at 6:27

It would probably help a lot if we set the first part of the sentence off with a comma (this is the only way to make proper sense of it):

How is it, life after death?

To me, this sounds like somebody died and then came back to life (movie Flatliners (1990) comes immediately to mind) and now one of his friend is asking them that question. This is the same as saying "What is life after death like?"


In spoken language, you yould pause a bit after it. This makes the sentence more clear. On written language, one can (and probably should) include a comma or dash.

How is it, life after death?


How is it - life after death?

You could also simply say

How is it? Live after death, I mean.

The second clause simply elaborates what it refers to.

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