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Offline longman3575

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reference - it
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:44:48 pm »
What does the word 'it' refer to in the following?

  If your child is able to be responsible for his toys, you can slowly add to their responsibilities by getting them to care for themselves in various ways such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth on their own, and being responsible for their home environment such as cleaning up their dishes after their meals or making their bed. However, it is important that you show them how to do it by breaking it down into small manageable steps and keeping your instructions relatively short so that they are able to mentally organize the sequence of their tasks. To help them internalize the task, you can start with a hands-on demonstration or make a chart with a list of the steps by drawing (if your child can’t read yet) a picture to symbolize each step, followed by a few trial runs or practice sessions or even role-play a task.

Offline Darryl

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Re: reference - it
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 09:35:25 am »
Everything between getting dressed and making their bed.

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Re: reference - it
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 10:32:47 am »
Do you mean 'every task'?

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 11:27:55 am »
Not really. It's a short way of saying "what I said before" and refers to the entire package of tasks.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 11:30:05 pm »
Do you mean 'every task'?
Yes. As Britta said - the whole package of tasks previously mentioned. Getting dressed to making the bed.