What is "it" in this sentence: I don't want to go... I like it here with Ann.
At first sight, it seemed to me to be a preparatory object, but preparatory objects "it" are normally followed by:
an adjective - I find it difficult to talk to you.
a noun - My blister made it a problem to walk.
"when", with certain verbs:
I hate it when you sing.
-ing form objects:
I find it interesting talking to you.
But in
"I like it here with Ann" "it" is followed by "here", which doesn't fit any of the above cases.
So, what is "it", grammatically, in this phrase?
Thank you.
Hi Morpl,

I don't want to go... I like it here with Ann.
It's not a preparatory pronoun.
In this kind of situation, 'it' refers to 'the present situation'.

The pronoun 'it' is often used in a very general way, and often depends on the context to give a meaning that is not explicitly specified. For example:

It's three o'clock.

It snowed for two hours.

Best wishes, Clive
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The verb compliment (here with Ann) is an adverb so the 'it' is inserted to give an object to the verb. 'Like' is transitive...

Thank you, G, this is quite satisfactory.