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    Interesting how ...

    "Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call." (quoted from Trump)

    What is the subject of the above sentence?

    PS. There are several very different Chinese translations of the quoted remark by Trump in Taiwanese newspapers.
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    Last edited by sitifan; 03-Dec-2016 at 05:19.
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    #2

    Re: Interesting how ...

    The dummy subject 'It' and the main verb 'is' have been omitted from the beginning of the sentence.

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    Re: Interesting how ...

    Strange how that's not obvious. It's not grammatical, and you shouldn't use it unless you know what you're doing, but you'll see it a lot (in speech).

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    Re: Interesting how ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Strange how that's not obvious.
    Which does the quoted sentence mean: that's obvious or that's not obvious?
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    Re: Interesting how ...

    It means that it's not obvious and that is a strange fact.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Interesting how ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It means that it's not obvious and that is a strange fact.
    I am confused. What is not obvious? What does it refer to?
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    Re: Interesting how ...

    It's not obvious that the words "It" and "is" were omitted before "Interesting" in post #1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Interesting how ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not obvious that the words "It" and "is" were omitted before "Interesting" in post #1.
    I thought I was saying the opposite! But I admit it isn't obvious when it's read. It was meant to be a perfect analogy to the original, but obviously (to me, now) it wasn't the best illustration.
    Funny how that can happen!

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    Re: Interesting how ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Funny how that can happen!
    Which does funny mean here? Amusing or difficult to explain or understand?
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    Re: Interesting how ...

    There are phrases in English that never have their natural meaning. They are always used ironically, and have the opposite of their natural meaning."Funny how that" is one of them. It literally means "surprising how that". However it is always used ironically, so its true meaning is the opposite: "obviously" i.e. " not surprising at all."

    It is similar to "Yeah, right" which never has its literal meaning of "I agree". It always means "I disagree."

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