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    Anaphoric phrase

    Hi,

    I wonder if in English a sentence like the following
    is grammatically correct:


    " That book, did you read it?

    In Italian an anaphoric usage of a previously expressed
    noun, reiterated through a pronoun, is possible.

    Thanks in advance!

    Vince

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    Re: Anaphoric phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by vince111 View Post
    Hi,

    I wonder if in English a sentence like the following
    is grammatically correct:


    " That book, did you read it?

    In Italian an anaphoric usage of a previously expressed
    noun, reiterated through a pronoun, is possible.

    Thanks in advance!

    Vince
    Yes, but it is not as common in English. Even in speech we don't use that construction as much as it's used in Italian (secondo me).
    In writing, I'd use a dash after 'book'. A comma doesn't seem enough. Others might use a semicolon or even a colon. But punctuation of the more uncommon problems like this is so variable these days - probably because it's not taught any more.


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    Re: Anaphoric phrase

    Forgive me if I insist.

    If I understand correctly, the anaphorical approach
    is theoretically legitimate but not that frequent in
    spoken English.

    Why?

    Because this grammatical legitimacy belongs to
    the past?

    Thanks in advance for further details.

    Vince

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    Re: Anaphoric phrase

    Hello Vince

    In answer to your question, yes, the following example is anaphorically correct:


    • That book, did you read it?


    Moreover, the construct is more common/commoner than some might think; e.g., That man, did you see him?

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    Re: Anaphoric phrase

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    Hello Vince

    In answer to your question, yes, the following example is anaphorically correct:


    • That book, did you read it?


    Moreover, the construct is more common/commoner than some might think; e.g., That man, did you see him?
    I'd say it's pretty common in BrE.

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    Re: Anaphoric phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd say it's pretty common in BrE.
    It's normal English in North America too.


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    Dear folks,

    You cannot imagine how reassuring all this is for me!

    Thank you infinitely!

    Have a great week-end!

    Vince

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    Vince, bonne fin de semaine!

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    Re: Anaphoric phrase

    Yes, it's also not uncommon in AusE.

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