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    Smile have it that...

    Rumour has it that we'll have a new manager.
    I know the meaning of this sentence.
    There is a rumour that we'll have a new manager.

    But I wonder what the words underlined in the sentence function as.
    Is that a relative pronoun or a conjunction?
    Is it a preparatory object?
    Or 'Rumour has it' is an inversion of normal word order 'It has rumour', isn't it?
    It's hard to understand the structure of the sentence.

    Thanks for reading.
    Last edited by planet; 21-Oct-2009 at 14:06.

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    Default Re: have it that...

    Rumor has it that, an idiom, is another way of saying there are rumors that say (that).

    The difference between a relative pronoun and a conjunction is that the latter can often be omitted without changing the meaning of the sentence; e.g., She said (that) she'd be late.

    Is that the case here?


    • Rumor has it (that) we'll have a new manager.

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