Is it correct to use "it" in cases like the following:

I will study hard before it is the test.
I will go shopping before it is the party.

I am not sure at all, but I think it'd be best to just use "before" and the noun after it.

I hope you can throw some light on this.

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Using "it" in this context is kinda awkward. A more natural way to say this is "I will study hard before the test" and "I will go shopping before the party".

  • Ok, thank you very much!
    – user140217
    Jul 27, 2021 at 21:33
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    Using it in this context is just plain wrong, not kinda awkward. And kinda is slang, to be avoided in answers. Jul 27, 2021 at 23:52
  • I see. Sorry, this is the first comment I've made here. I meant that it is possible that the message could be interpreted as "I will study before it is [the time of] the test". Jul 28, 2021 at 12:22

No, it is not correct. Using "it" is not correct in these examples.

A measure of how wrong it is, is that I had to reread the entire question to even understand what you were asking.

The basic problem, I think, is that there is no idiomatic construction with the pattern, "it is the party" or "it is the test". The "I will do X before..." portion is okay, but not relevant here. There's no reason to use "it" (as would be the case with a dummy pronoun, see e.g. discussion in the 2013 question Using "it" at the beginning of a sentence .)

You can say, "I will mow the lawn before it rains", or even "I want to finish painting before it's too dark", but the "it is" construction in your examples does not fit idiomatic English.

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