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    It's animals that are.. BBC

    Hello.
    'It's animals that are needlessly active that will not survive, but animals that are most efficient and use their waking time to do vital functions, and are otherwise asleep that will survive.'
    Why there is singular?
    Thanks.


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    Re: It's animals that are.. BBC

    Quote Originally Posted by diver View Post
    Hello.
    'It's animals that are needlessly active that will not survive, but animals that are most efficient and use their waking time to do vital functions, and are otherwise asleep that will survive.'
    Why there is singular?
    Thanks.
    (Not a teacher)

    Which part of the sentence are you referring to as being singular?

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    Re: It's animals that are.. BBC

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    Which part of the sentence are you referring to as being singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by diver View Post
    Hello.
    'It's animals ...
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    Re: It's animals that are.. BBC

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    What, in your opinion, is wrong with that?

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    Re: It's animals that are.. BBC

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What, in your opinion, is wrong with that?
    Well, I hadn't had an idea, so, I left it blank. After your question, I checked the internet if I could figure out how to use dummy pronouns with plurals, but I couldn't find anything. For convenience, I wouldn't use "it's", therefore I'd stay away from any incorrectness. But, in this particular case , unfortunately, I have no clue.


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    Re: It's animals that are.. BBC

    (Not a teacher)

    If it is indeed the 'it's' in 'it's animals' that you are asking 'why is it singular?', it's because 'it' here is a dummy pronoun, as euncu brought up. Dummy pronouns are used because English syntax requires a subject, but they don't refer to anything. Dummy pronouns aren't ever plural, because they don't refer to anything and are thus singular by default.

    The construction 'it are' doesn't exist in English.


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    Re: It's animals that are.. BBC

    Thank you, I understand with "it's", but why there "that" not "those"?

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