This word is commonly classified as a pronoun when it is used to replace an object that has already been mentioned or can easily be known. As in the sentence below:
I found a chest full of ancient artifacts in it.
The word “it” is used as a pronoun that replaces the word “chest.”
a. used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified
- A room with a single bed in it.
b. a crucial or climactic point
- This is it!
Sometimes, the word “it” is also used as a noun, which refers to the player in a children’s game that is assigned to a particular role. For example, in the sentence below:
She’s always it, but loves the game.
The word “it” is used as a noun that indicates a specific player in the game.
a. the player in some children’s games (such as hide-and-seek and tag) who performs the main action of the game (such as finding or catching other players)
- Now, you’re it!