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I have a question regarding using the word it in a sentence. My question is whether I am properly using the pronoun it in the text below:

Making mistakes is an expected part of life; it is inevitable.

Thank you for your time. Any feedback is very much appreciated.

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    Yes, you are. The pronoun "it" clearly refers back to the antecedent "making mistakes." – Billy Jul 7 '18 at 23:24
  • Thanks for the information, Billy! That answer was exactly what I was looking for :). I guess I was wondering if I could use "it" to refer to "making mistakes." – David Jul 8 '18 at 20:42

It looks fine to me. I'm not sure what else it could be.

"Making mistakes is an inevitable part of life; it is inevitable."
"Do you mean that mistakes are inevitable? Shouldn't you have said that they are inevitable?"
"No, I wasn't referring to the mistakes themselves. I was referring to the act of making mistakes. That's also why I said is at first."

  • Thanks, Jason. Thinking about it more, I can see that I was wondering if I could use "it" to refer to "making mistakes." – David Jul 8 '18 at 20:50
  • I appreciate the timely feedback. – David Jul 8 '18 at 20:57

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