There is a dialogue in the cartoon:


A: "How you getting on with your new exhibition?"

B: "Yeah I was thinking of doing one then I thought it'd actually have more resonance if I didn't bother."

My question is: is "it" a dummy one in I thought it'd actually have more resonance if I didn't bother?


The interpretation that "it" refers to "your (my) new exhibition" is problematic since that exhibition does not / will not exist (and the conditional is not framed to imagine that it will). My feeling is that "it" is intended as a dummy.


I'm answering this without seeing the cartoon, which hasn't been shown. The placement of the word "it" in the sentence suggests it is not a dummy word with no meaning, like the dummy "it" in the sentence, "It's raining outside." In fact, it appears to be the key word in the dialogue, around which the meaning and significance of everything revolves. "It" - a new exhibition - was important enough for B to consider doing one, and it would have even more significance if it is not done.

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