A Pronoun In The Weather

“It’s snowing.”

We say this often, particularly when it’s happening. “It is snowing,” or maybe, “I hope it snows,” if it’s not happening where you are.

“It” is a pronoun that stands in the place of another noun. The pronoun is usually used so we writers aren’t repetitive. But what is “it” in this context?

We usually think of “it” as the weather outside. “It’s sunny outside today.” Put it into our original sentence and it doesn’t quite fit: “The weather is snowing.”

“The sky is snowing,” doesn’t quite work either. “The clouds are snowing,” is probably the best fit, but then there’s that switch from singular to plural; that doesn’t quite work either.

I don’t know the answer, even though I’ve been thinking about it for the last week while it has snowed. Can anyone give me an answer?

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Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on December 18, 2008, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  2. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  3. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  4. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  5. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  6. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  7. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  8. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  9. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  10. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  11. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”

    Very interesting to contemplate…

  12. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”
    Very interesting to contemplate…

  13. Nature, maybe? “Nature is snowing”
    Very interesting to contemplate…

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