# How many grams is it per reel?

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#### Nunty

##### Senior Member

The following is part of an order I am placing for lacemaking thread:
I'm a little hesitant about the Brok 36/2 because it is two-ply, as opposed to three. I guess I'll give it a try, though, because it is clear that I need to start thinking about substitutes [for my usual thread]. How many grams is it per reel?
Now, if I had asked the question without the previous sentences, I would have said "How many grams are there per reel?" But somehow, in referring to "the Brok 36/2" as "it", my sentence came out the way it did in the bold font. Is there a justification for this or is it just plain wrong?

Be honest, I can take it!

(In case the background is important to anyone, lacemaking thread is bought by weight, not length, so I need to buy a sufficient number of grams to complete the project.)

Thanks!

• #### Loob

##### Senior Member
It looks fine to me, Nunty

It's x grams per reel > how many grams is it per reel?

(Not that I know the first thing about lacemaking)

#### Nunty

##### Senior Member
Thanks, Loob. You restored my faith in my ability to speak English.

In my example is "the Brok 36/2" the antecedent of "it" or is "it" sort of a null subject. (Sorry, forgot the real term for that.)

(You're welcome to drop by the hermitage for a lacemaking class.)

#### shawnee

##### Senior Member
What you've said sounds right, by referring to the brock 36/2 as "it", the sentence is grammatically correct, as its meaning is different to asking, "how many grams are there per reel", as this does not specify any subject.

##### Senior Member
I agree: it's it.

#### Loob

##### Senior Member
In my example is "the Brok 36/2" the antecedent of "it" or is "it" sort of a null subject. (Sorry, forgot the real term for that.)

(You're welcome to drop by the hermitage for a lacemaking class.)
I'd say the antecedent is "the Brok 36/2":
The Brok 36/2 is x grams per reel > how many grams is the Brok 36/2 per reel?

(Thank you!)

EDIT: Oh how I wish I could type more quickly....

#### Nunty

##### Senior Member
Thanks Loob, Shawnee (great explanation!) and Copyright. Off to the pillows with me!

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