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    What is the "it" role in sentence below?


    "When writers and academics stay away from countries in protest at human rights violations, it is the people who lose out"

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    #2

    Re: It

    In that use "it" is a dummy subject. The real clause is "the people lose out".

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    #3

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    Arthur, please note that a better title would have been It is the people who lose out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In that use "it" is a dummy subject. The real clause is "the people lose out".

    In fact, I know the real clause is "the people lose out". I don't know why it use "it is the people who lose out" instead "the people lose out" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Arthur, please note that a better title would have been It is the people who lose out.

    In this case, It is truer grammatical to be used the "It is the people who lose out"

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    I don't understand that remark. My point was that 'It' is useless as a thread title.

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Mr. Schopenhauer:

    1. "When concerned people stay away from oppressive countries, the people lose out."

    2. "When concerned people stay away from oppressive countries, it is the people who lose out."

    Just a thought, not the "answer."

    Is it possible that #2 is a shorter version of:

    3. "When concerned people stay away from oppressive countries, it is the people, not the oppressive governments, that lose out."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I don't understand that remark. My point was that 'It' is useless as a thread title.
    Now I understand what you mean. I perceive why expressions is difference.

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    #9

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    I think "who lose out" can also be an appositive phrase for "it".
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: It

    How could that be?

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