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    What we need to make people realize drug-taking is self- destructive.
    A. is B. is that C. was D. was that


    The answer is “B. is that”. Why not “A. is”? I can’t make sense of it.
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    Re: What we need to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    What we need to make people realize drug-taking is self- destructive.
    A. is B. is that C. was D. was that


    The answer is “B. is that”. Why not “A. is”? I can’t make sense of it.
    Who can help me get out of this? Many thanks in advance.

    What we need to make people realize drug-taking is self- destructive.

    Where is the gap to be filled?

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    What we need to make people realize _____ drug-taking is self- destructive.
    A. is B. is that C. was D. was that


    The answer is “B. is that”. Why not “A. is”? I can’t make sense of it.
    Who can help me get out of this? Many thanks in advance.


    I am so sorry everybody. Is my sentence clear now?

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    Re: What we need to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    What we need to make people realize _____ drug-taking is self- destructive.
    A. is B. is that C. was D. was that


    The answer is “B. is that”. Why not “A. is”? I can’t make sense of it.
    Who can help me get out of this? Many thanks in advance.


    I am so sorry everybody. Is my sentence clear now?
    Sorry fire fly, it's now even less clear than before.

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    Re: What we need to ...

    If we take your original sentence and put the gap as below, "is" fits.

    What we need ..........to make people realize (that) drug-taking is self- destructive.







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    What we need to do is get people to realize how self-destructive drug can be.

    Does this sound natural?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    What we need to do is get people to realize how self-destructive drug can be.

    Does this sound natural?
    Add an "s": drugs

    And add a "to": What we need to do is to get people to realize how self-destructive drugs can be.

    Now it sounds natural. It's a wh-cleft sentence or pseudo-cleft sentence, used for emphasis - a kind or rhetorical effect, similar to inversion and fronting. It might be a good idea to drop "do":

    What we need is to get people to realize how self-destructive drugs can be.

    Yes, I think it's better without "do". In this sentence "do" is rather superfluous, though not entirely wrong.

    What is a pseudo-cleft sentence?

    What is a cleft sentence?

    Pseudo-cleft sentences | Grammaring ? The web of English grammar

    Pseudo-cleft sentence Definition | Definition of Pseudo-cleft sentence at Dictionary.com
    Last edited by PROESL; 09-Sep-2009 at 13:56.

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    Re: What we need to ...

    Quote Originally Posted by fire fly View Post
    What we need to make people realize _____ drug-taking is self- destructive.
    A. is B. is that C. was D. was that


    The answer is “B. is that”. Why not “A. is”? I can’t make sense of it.
    Who can help me get out of this? Many thanks in advance.


    I am so sorry everybody. Is my sentence clear now?
    What we need to make people realize is that drug-taking is self- destructive.

    Yes, the answer is "B".

    It's not A because "that drug-taking is self-destructive" is a predicate noun clause, or we could say just a predicate noun, perhaps. Technically, "that" is introducing the subject of a noun clause that is functioning as a predicate noun, and "that" is needed for this type of a clause. It seems strange, I think, because it's on the other side of the verb, which we typically understand to be an object, and noun clauses that are objects do need "that" - it's optional.

    It functions as a predicate noun clause because it follows a form of the verb "be" - linking verb.

    What's on one side of "is" equals what is on the other side.

    What we need to make people realize = drug-taking is self- destructive.

    What do we need to make people realize? Drug taking is self-destructive.

    That drug taking is self-destructive should not be news any longer.

    In the above sentence, "that" introduces a noun clause that functions as the subject of the verb "be".

    "Drug-taking" is the subject of "is", and "That drug-taking is self-destructive" is the subject of "be" - verb phrase "should not be news any longer".
    Last edited by PROESL; 09-Sep-2009 at 14:05.

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    Re: What we need to ...

    What we need is to convince people that taking drugs is self-destructive.

    I think that's a better sentence - maybe. It's another possibility, anyway.

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    What we need is to get people to realize how self-destructive drugs can be.

    Can I say "getting" in place of to get?

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