Why should I delete it in the following sentence?

The boat that we were taking to Miami to have it repaired was very badly damaged.

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You should NOT DELETE it from that sentence. It is grammatically necessary.

You did not say why you even wondered about deleting it.

Possibly someone said, quite reasonably, that as a matter of style the sentence was verbose and awkward. They could have suggested something like

We were taking the badly damaged boat to Maimi for repair.

There is no need for a pronoun in that sentence, but that does not imply that it was wrong in the original sentence.


It doesn't sound like good English to me. However, the following would work:

The boat that we were taking to Miami, to have it repaired, was very badly damaged.

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