# Thread: Why used " whose turn it was to discard" but not " whose turn was to discard"?

1. ## Why used " whose turn it was to discard" but not " whose turn was to discard"?

"Whose turn" and "it" both serve as the (parallel) subject?

Context:

After the five of them had played for a while, Yuanyang noticed that the old lady needed only a 'two of circles' to win the game, and she signalled this to Xifeng whose turn it was to discard. Xifeng deliberately hesitated.

2. ## Re: Why used " whose turn it was to discard" but not " whose turn was to discard"?

Originally Posted by NewHopeR
"Whose turn" and "it" both serve as the (parallel) subject?

Context:

After the five of them had played for a while, Yuanyang noticed that the old lady needed only a 'two of circles' to win the game, and she signalled this to Xifeng, whose turn it was to discard. Xifeng deliberately hesitated.
1. "It was Xifeng's turn to discard." Not 2. * "Xifeng's turn was to discard."
If you had sentence 2 (which doesn't make much sense), your clause would be correct without "it".

3. ## Re: Why used " whose turn it was to discard" but not " whose turn was to discard"?

Originally Posted by Raymott
1. "It was Xifeng's turn to discard." Not 2. * "Xifeng's turn was to discard."
If you had sentence 2 (which doesn't make much sense), your clause would be correct without "it".
Thank you.

You've pointed out that sentence 2 is "Not 2", not "No.2". I'm confused.

4. ## Re: Why used " whose turn it was to discard" but not " whose turn was to discard"?

Originally Posted by NewHopeR
Thank you.

You've pointed out that sentence 2 is "Not 2", not "No.2". I'm confused.
The proposition was,
"It was Xifeng's turn to discard."

The proposition was not
"Xifeng's turn was to discard." If this had been the sentence, as the relative clause you would write " ...Xifeng, whose turn was to discard ..." But it wasn't.

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