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If I want to say:

I saw your lesson request, but when I saw it it was late.

Is it correct to use the first it? I know that in this sentence the first it function as a pronoun, and the second as an idiom. If this sentence looks awkward, please give me a suggestion to improve it.

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I think both *it*s are pronouns... though I may be mistaken. –  snumpy May 2 '11 at 14:11
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The first it is a normal pronoun with an antecedent. The second is an expletive pronoun. Yes, both are pronouns. –  Kosmonaut May 2 '11 at 15:23
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It is correct; however, I would place a comma between it and it or (better) just replace "when I saw it" to say:

"I saw your lesson request, but by then it was late."

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This sounds better indeed... +1 –  Alenanno May 2 '11 at 14:56
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Yea, you need to add a comma between it and it.

OR (better). You could use

By the time I saw your lesson request, it was late.

-EDIT- Looks like someone beat me to it. His answer is just as good, if not better. But I can't upvote it, since I'm new here.

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