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"Expletive pronoun," or "dummy pronoun," is the term used for "it" when used in sentences similar to "It is raining."

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"It's cold today" -- what term do linguists use to call "it" when it's used as the subject of a sentence, but has no real antecedent?

Could you please remind me what term linguists and the grammar people use to call it when it's used as a subject pronoun, but the funky thing is that it doesn't really refer back to anything in ...
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Using "it" as dummy pronoun

When I translate an Italian sentence, I often use the "dummy it" to keep the same structure of the Italian sentence. For example, translating è stato difficile trovare il colpevole, I would say "it ...
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