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    #1

    It's a pitty

    I was told recently that "That's a pity" is wrong, it should be "It's a pity" instead. Is it really so? Is "that" completely wrong in this phrase?

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    Re: It's a pitty

    I found 'that's a pity' on http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/pity_1 Definition#1

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    #3

    Re: It's a pitty

    No. Depending on context, it is perfectly fine.

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    #4

    Re: It's a pitty

    I think this might be a partial recollection of the fact you can't say 'That's a pity that we can't go'. Or, to put it generally, 'That's a pity' is fine if the sentence stops there. But if, in the same sentence, you go on to specify whatever's regrettable, you have to start 'It's a pity...'.

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    #5

    Re: It's a pitty

    I agree. Usually, "That's a pity" follows another thought.

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