Why do we put pronoun it there?

We deem that she is honest.

We deem it that she is honest.

I love that he is honest.

I love it that he is honest.

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    I would put "it" in the second, but not in the first. Love definitely calls for an object, but deem is much weaker, almost like "think" or "believe", which when followed by "that", do not call for (nor even go well with) "it". Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:50

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There is not a real difference here. Both sentences each time mean the same thing. It is often used as a provisional subject or object (object in this case) this way to perhaps improve readability.

It can also simply be used for matters of style.

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