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    the one time during the week

    Can it be paraphrased to "That my father insisted I should be around was the one time during the week"?
    In Korea, we call this structure "true subject-false subject sentence".

    35. Sunday dinner was a huge event in my household. It was the one time during the week that my father insisted I should be around. My older brothers and sisters would come over with their kids, everyone would sit around the dining room table, and there would be huge plates of food in the middle of the table.

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    #2

    Re: the one time during the week

    No, you really do need all the words in the original sentence.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 08-Aug-2014 at 08:50. Reason: Replacing ellipsis with full stop (period).

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    Re: the one time during the week

    The original sentence is fine. In AmE you could drop the word "should". That would leave "insisted that I be around". That construction is the mandative subjunctive.

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    #4

    Re: the one time during the week

    That works in BrE too. You can also omit "that".

    It was the one time during the week my father insisted I be around.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the one time during the week

    Good point.

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    #6

    Re: the one time during the week

    Hello.
    The 'it' in your sentence refers to 'Sunday dinner' - it's not a 'preparatory it'.

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    Re: the one time during the week

    Do you mean like this? So is "the one time= Sunday dinner" treated as an adverb phrase?

    ex)My father insisted I should be around "the one time during the week".

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    Re: the one time during the week

    I don't think "it" here refers to "Sunday dinner", but the underlined "that" clause. What do you call this structure in Japan?

    It was the one time during the week that my father insisted I should be around.

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    Re: the one time during the week

    "It" does refer to Sunday dinner.

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    #10

    Re: the one time during the week

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I don't think "it" here refers to "Sunday dinner", but the underlined "that" clause. What do you call this structure in Japan?

    It was the one time during the week that my father insisted I should be around.
    Hello, keannu.
    Well, if I translated the Japanese equivalent into English, it would be something like a 'formal subject construction'.

    Example sentences using the 'preparatory it':

    1. It is not surprising that he doesn't want to come.
    =That he doesn't want to come is not surprising.

    2. It is not necessary to repeat the whole thing.
    =To repeat the whole thing is not necessary.

    However, your sentence in the original post doesn't use this construction.
    If it were "It (=Sunday dinner) was the one time during the week [when my father insisted I should be around]", it might have been easier for you to understand the construction. [when my father insisted I should be around] is the relative clause that modifies the one time.

    I hope you'll understand what I mean.

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