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    Question It was .... that

    What does "It was the chicken that scared the lion." mean?

    How to build this sentence in English? What is "it" and "that" role this sentence?



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    Re: It was .... that

    It sounds like irony. Usually chickens don't scare lions. "It" is a dummy subject; it stands in for the real subject. "That" is a relative pronoun.

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    Re: It was .... that

    "It was the chicken that scared the lion."

    Click here to read about cleft sentences, of which the above is an example.

    The structure emphasises that the chicken and not some other creature scared the lion.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Jun-2015 at 17:36.

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    Re: It was .... that

    Thank yo so much for all of you. I am happy to see like you are very helpful.

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    Re: It was .... that

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    Thank you so much, for all of you. I am happy to see like you are very helpful.
    Note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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