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  1. zoobinshid's Avatar
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    Exclamation Sentence

    Hello there,
    Would anyone tell me if this sentence is right?
    (Somthing with that girl going on inside her.)
    And can we say the same thing in other ways?

    THANKS
    Last edited by zoobinshid; 25-Jun-2005 at 07:47.

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    Re: Sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by zoobinshid
    Hello there,
    Would anyone tell me if this sentence is right?
    (Somthing with that girl going on inside her.)
    And can we say the same thing in other ways?

    THANKS
    It taken out of context but I have a feeling someone sais something before that to the effect:

    She is acting so strange, she is so different from all the other girls I know.
    Something with that girl going on inside her.

    I think it should be:
    There is something with that girl going on inside her.

    In everyday conversations, the adverb of place is sometimes dropped altogether.

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    Re: Sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by zoobinshid
    Something with that girl going on inside her.
    Gee, what's it mean? I'm having a harder time finding the verb. Where's the verb? What about?

    EX: Something is going on inside that girl.
    EX: There is something about that girl and it is going on inside her.

    Marylin, "There" functions as an empty subject in that context. True, it can be omitted, but the main verb shouldn't be.

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    Re: Sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Gee, what's it mean? I'm having a harder time finding the verb. Where's the verb? What about?

    EX: Something is going on inside that girl.
    EX: There is something about that girl and it is going on inside her.

    Marylin, "There" functions as an empty subject in that context. True, it can be omitted, but the main verb shouldn't be.
    Gee Whiz, Casiopea, I think you've been out of the country too long! there is/there are is skipped constatnly in cases where subject has indefinite determiners like something, anything or no [/B]. I hear that every single day.

    This is how I see this sentence in full:

    There is something about that girl and there is something going on inside her.

    Yes, the verb should be there to make it a grammatical, 100% correct sentence but oftentimes we don't speak the way it's supposed to be done in writing - by the book. We tend to keep things to a dull roar and if we can still convey the main idea we will cut corners. That's all I was saying.

    another example:

    A:So how did he like the movie? What was it about?
    B:Oh, something about a guy fooling around his wife's back.

    A:How are the kids getting to the pool?
    B:Some car pooling, some getting a cab ride, some walking.

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    Re: Sentence

    This is how I see this sentence in full:

    There is something about that girl and there is something going on inside her.

    Yes, the verb should be there to make it a grammatical, 100% correct sentence but oftentimes we don't speak the way it's supposed to be done in writing - by the book. We tend to keep things to a dull roar and if we can still convey the main idea we will cut corners. That's all I was saying.
    Now that's a good explanation, Marylin. (Psst. Who does "we" refer to? People who live in B.C.?)

    Seems as if I have been, as you say, 'out of the country too long' because I wasn't even aware that "says" evolved to 'sais'.

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    Re: Sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Now that's a good explanation, Marylin. (Psst. Who does "we" refer to? People who live in B.C.?)

    Seems as if I have been, as you say, 'out of the country too long' because I wasn't even aware that "says" evolved to 'sais'.


    Psst, come closer.... it's people like me who live in BC and have lived here for the longest time. It's like many others from all over the country, Casiopea.
    Are you from the Yukon Territories perhaps?

    that's a good explanation

    Well, better one doesn't seem to be available at this point... It's a living language and whether you have a formula for this or not, it is being used nevertheless.
    sais = good1
    cul8er

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