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    'It' as an empty subject.

    Hi teachers,
    If we want to describe an activity or an event, we often use 'it' as an empty subject. Is that the case in the answer?

    Why must he go to Wilton this weekend?
    Because it is Caroline's birthday.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by learning54; 24-Mar-2012 at 12:57.

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    Re: 'It' as an empty subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    If we want to describe an activity or an event, we often use 'it' as an empty subject. Is that the case in the answer?

    Why must he go to Wilton this weekend?
    Because it is Caroline's birthday.

    Thanks in advance.
    The same word/construction is used in many languages, including your own.

    ¿Por qué se va a Madrid este fin de semana?
    Él va a Madrid porque es el cumpleaños de María.

    I'm aware that in Spanish the pronoun is rarely actually spoken but nonetheless, "es" is the equivalent of "it is".

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    Re: 'It' as an empty subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The same word/construction is used in many languages, including your own.

    ¿Por qué se va a Madrid este fin de semana? (From this question we don't know if the subject is masculine or feminine.)
    Él va a Madrid porque es el cumpleaños de María. (More natural one, 'Se va porque es el cumpleaños de María.)

    I'm aware that in Spanish the pronoun is rarely actually spoken (I have to say that you have an excellent grasp of the Spanish language! Congratulations!!) but nonetheless, "es" is the equivalent of "it is".
    Hi,
    Thank you so much for your reply and Spanish example. I've never thought about it.

    So all the time that in English we use 'it is' it means 'es' in Spanish. First time I think about it.

    L54
    Last edited by learning54; 25-Mar-2012 at 09:19.

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    Re: 'It' as an empty subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you so much for your reply and Spanish example. I've never thought about it.

    So all the time that in English we use 'it is' it means 'es' in Spanish. It's the first time I think I've thought about it.

    L54
    Thanks for your comments about my Spanish. It's rather rusty and I do have to check a few things online!

    Anyway, yes, most of the time when something would be "es" in Spanish, we use "it is" in English.

    Es domingo = It is Sunday.
    Es mi cumpleaños = It is my birthday.
    Es muy hermoso = It is very beautiful.

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    Re: 'It' as an empty subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Thanks for your comments about my Spanish. It's rather rusty and I do have to check a few things online!

    Anyway, yes, most of the time when something would be "es" in Spanish, we use "it is" in English.

    Es domingo = It is Sunday.
    Es mi cumpleaños = It is my birthday.
    Es muy hermoso = It is very beautiful.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your examples and corrections. As usual there are mistakes.


    Regards,
    L54

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