Is it correct if I use it in this sentence?

If we pull one's hair, it could hurt the scalp.

I'm using it because I'm referring to the action of pulling hair. So the action could hurt the scalp but I feel like the sentence sounds weird with the usage of it in there.

  • Why do you think "it" looks weird there? Is it because you think that "it" may be thought to relate to "hair", and not to the action of pulling one's hair? Nov 1, 2018 at 14:30
  • Do you mean: if a person pulls out some of their hair? Or: if a person pulls out one hair from their scalp? Yes, it does hurt, either way.
    – Lambie
    Nov 1, 2018 at 15:01

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Your sentence is correct. "It" can refer to either an object or an action.

I hate my hair. It's so hard to manage.

"It" refers to an object, "hair".

Don't hate your hair. It's an extreme response.

"It" refers to an action, "hate".

  • If some of your hair gets pulled out, it can hurt. it refers to the action of pulling out the hair. Not just "the hair".
    – Lambie
    Nov 1, 2018 at 15:02
  • @Lambie Yes, exactly.
    – Jay
    Nov 1, 2018 at 15:07

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