What does 'it' refer to in this sentence?

Water will tend to leak from a pipe with equal facility in any direction and not just in the direction of the weight of the head of water bearing down on it.


the pipe


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Ask yourself whether "it" is referential or just a dummy.

If it's referential, which noun phrase is the most likely referent? "Water", perhaps, or "pipe"?

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I know that "it" is not a dummy but referential in this sentence. However, I don't know whether it refers to 'water' or 'pipe'. I think syntactically 'it' can refer to the pipe, but I have no idea whether 'it' can refer to water or not.

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Now I know 'it' refers to the pipe. I understand why I was uncertain. Thanks.