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does this "it" refer to "coffee table?"

【“With the sofa bed open, it can get tight,” said Mr. Lamond, who used Velcro to affix the decoupage tray to the coffee table so he wouldn’t knock it over when skirting it and stepping over Noah to reach the bathroom at night. “There is only six inches without asking the dog to get up,” he said. 】


1.could I parapharse "There is only six inches without asking the dog to get up" into : "there is only six inches to reach the bathroom from here, so ther's no need asking the dog to get up"

2.in "skirt it', does this "it" refer to "coffee table?"

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    1. The “’six inches” seems to refer to the space between the coffee table and the dog. Your paraphrase seems to imply that the distance to the bathroom is only six inches, so I wouldn’t word it in that way. The bathroom could be two or three meters away.

    2. Yes, the “it” refers to the coffee table. When “it” is used in this way, it generally refers to the last item mentioned.

    1. The “’six inches” seems to refer to the space between the coffee table and the dog. Your paraphrase seems to imply that the distance to the bathroom is only six inches, so I wouldn’t word it in that way. The bathroom could be two or three meters away.

    2. Yes, the “it” refers to the coffee table. When “it” is used in this way, it generally refers to the last item mentioned.

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