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    Default what's the difference

    hi tdol!

    kindly explain breifly what's the difference between these sentences and when to use each.

    a. You're very kind...
    b. It's very kind of you ...

    many thanks
    allei

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    Default Re: what's the difference

    Maybe I can help.

    Example b. has "It" as its subject. "It" stands for "to help out":

    b. It is very kind of you to help out.
    =>To help out is very kind of you.

    Below, in a., the subject "You" is topic, whereas in b. "to help out" is topic:

    a. You are very kind to help out.
    b. To help out is very kind of you.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: what's the difference

    clause a. can be used in everyday english (informal) whereas clause b. is more formal, you sound more polite when you use it.

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    Default Re: what's the difference

    That helps a lot. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Maybe I can help.

    Example b. has "It" as its subject. "It" stands for "to help out":

    b. It is very kind of you to help out.
    =>To help out is very kind of you.

    Below, in a., the subject "You" is topic, whereas in b. "to help out" is topic:

    a. You are very kind to help out.
    b. To help out is very kind of you.

    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: what's the difference

    thanks gio.
    Quote Originally Posted by gio
    clause a. can be used in everyday english (informal) whereas clause b. is more formal, you sound more polite when you use it.

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