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Quick Write 061811-2 "What is this 'it' here?"

OK, I’m very much willing to give my thoughts to this genuinely, 100% pure intransitive with zero valency, extremely reclusive, innate recluse verb “rain”. But let me go back to “it” first before delving into this poor little baby. “It” here has zilch valency, but other “it”s have some. For instance, the distance “it” as in “It takes three hours to go to Osaka from Tokyo.” takes the verb “take” and the object of a certain amount of time. Oh, luckily he has a partner! Or the time “it” as in “It is half past 10.” takes a copula “be-verb” and its compliment. He’s not alone either. But when it comes to the weather “it”, he’s totally reclusive and is always kept secluded on a godforsaken island of valency world! When you say “It rains.”, the possible addition to it would be adverbs or phrasal expressions of manners, place, time, or degree. Absolutely no valency. But this “it” has the biggest impact on human life, I dare say. Rain, sunshine, clouds, snowfalls, wind have a great power to cause many kinds of natural phenomenon and affect emotions of people, just like the heavy rain there does to you...

Note: Valency refers to the number of satellite noun phrases with which a verb combines: the English verb "give" takes a subject and two objects, so it has a valency of three. (Reference: Dictionary com.)

(5 min for brainstorming / 10+2 min for writing / 198 words)

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