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Can I use "it" as a verb object ?

I enjoy it that I go to Chicago.

I do not mind it that you smoke at my room.

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  • Both examples sound a little awkward to me, but the first one much more than the second.
    – randomhead
    May 21, 2021 at 22:28
  • I mean that "I do not mind that you smoke at my room." is not grammatical.
    – Marek
    May 21, 2021 at 22:35
  • You should use "in my room" rather than "at my room," but removing the it results in a perfectly grammatical sentence.
    – randomhead
    May 21, 2021 at 22:39
  • The sentences take one object, which is either it or some other noun phrase. They can't take two objects.
    – stangdon
    May 22, 2021 at 18:02

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Certain verbs: enjoy, like, dislike, hate, fear, take ING or you can use those verbs followed by it with a clause: like it when etc. love it when etc. hate it that, etc.

  • I enjoy going to Chicago.
  • I enjoy it when I go to Chicago. [it, the fact I go to Chicago]

Also:

  • He likes playing tennis. [Also: He likes to play tennis]
  • He likes it that you play tennis. it= the fact

However, "I enjoy it that" is a bit awkward.

He enjoys making his mother laugh. He enjoys that his mother laughs when he make jokes.

If you use it after enjoy, you need to a clause because the it refers to that clause.

They like it when the children come to dinner. [it= the children coming to dinner]

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The word "it" is a pronoun. You can use pronouns in the same way that you use nouns, including as the object of a sentence. However, they are replacements for nouns - you shouldn't use them both. In your first example, "it" means the same thing as "that I go to Chicago," so you should choose one or the other.

This is incorrect:

I enjoy it that I go to Chicago.

This is correct:

I enjoy that I go to Chicago.

If it is clear from context that the "it" you are talking about is "that I go to Chicago," this is also correct:

I enjoy it.

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  • I thought that object for "enjoy" must be noun or noun form , but not the "that" construction.
    – Marek
    May 21, 2021 at 22:51
  • @Marek "that I go to Chicago" is a noun phrase, which can be used as an object. It works the same way as the gerund form "going to Chicago," which is probably more common.
    – MJD
    May 22, 2021 at 21:05
  • @Marek and MJD, "that I go to Chicago" is never a Noun Phrase. It is a clause; in your example sentence it is a subordinate clause introduced by a subordinator that. Whether there will be a Gerund-Participle clause or a subordinate clause is decided by the verb enjoy, and those constituents are called complement. As far as I know enjoy does not license a subordinate clause as complement, even if it does it is very rare so I enjoy that I go to Chicago is not in very common usage. It is very conversational I guess. May 23, 2021 at 11:44

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