This is from a conversation on a TV show where they talk about how to tell your children if you are dignosed with cancer. ITV-how to tell about your cancer diagnosis to family (see:0:30 - 0:50)

TV presenter - What was that moment like for you and how did you process it to then tell your children?

The cancer patient - I don't think it truly did.

I didn't understand why the patient said "it". What does that "it" refer to?

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    It does sound like 'it', but I think she actually means to say "I don't think I truly did [process it]." Mar 26 at 8:34
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    I also think so: sloppy speech, a slip of tongue, a grammar or semantic error, using 'it' where it 'I' would make sense. 'it' would refer to 'moment' which doesn't 'do' anything in the prior sentence, and the 'how did you process' fits with "I didn't' or the softer version the 'I don't think I truly did".
    – SF.
    Mar 26 at 10:00
  • I hear "I don't think I truly did". The dipthong [aI] is closer to "eh" (no off-glide) but I hear no dental of the [t] in "it".
    – TimR
    Mar 26 at 10:16
  • "I don't think I truly did" in other words the former cancer patient did not process the diagnosis because, as she explains later, denial can be a mechanism to protect yourself from the shock and fear.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 26 at 12:03
  • Possibly meaning "I don't think it (the situation) truly did (get procesed by me)"
    – user8356
    Mar 26 at 15:29


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