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Gundel, Jeanette Kohn and Roderick A. Jacobs. 1980. Why 'seem' and 'be' aren't what they seem to be. Centerpoint 4 (2) : 115–123.
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On a series of constructions with a verb obligatorily taking an 'it' subject. It is claimed that these forms belong to a class of existential-presentative verbs, which have the syntactic function of forming predicates from nonverbal elements and a corresponding pragmatic function of introducing new information into discourse.