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‘It is easy for people to…’

English uses ‘it’ in sentences where it has no meaning. This is known as the dummy or empty or introductory ‘it’.

Some well-known expressions are:

It‘s raining.

It‘s a pity that you can’t come to the party.

It makes me angry when people drive fast.

It‘s important to edit your writing.

– I would appreciate it if you could help.

It’s easy to make a mistake.

We also need this dummy ‘it’ in sentences like:

It’s difficult for people to learn Chinese.

*Common mistakes*

1. *’People are difficult to understand Chinese.’* [People are not difficult. IT is difficult].

2. *’Is difficult to understand Chinese.’ [Spanish speakers]

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