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    is that a new structure?

    Not that makes having your house turned upside down and your favourite things stolen any easier to accept.

    This sentence is in my fill-in-blank exercise. There are 4 options: Not, So, Given, and Despite. And the answer is Not.

    But I don't understand the stucture in the sentence. Why can Not be at first? Isn't it inversion here? Could any one explain for me? Thank you very much!


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    Re: is that a new structure?

    The sentence should be:

    Not that it makes having your house turned upside down and your favourite things stolen any easier to accept.

    When we use this structure, with 'not' coming first in the sentence, there is usually some information that has been given in the sentence immediately before eg
    After my house was burgled (=robbed), the insurance company paid up for the stolen items the next day. Not that it (=having the money from the insurance company to immediately replace all the stolen items) makes ......

    Here, 'not that it makes.' is the same as, 'it does not/doesn't make..', but placing the 'not' first, emphasizes how strongly you feel about this.

    Another example would be:
    "Oh, she and I went out for a while, but then she dumped me. Now she's dating the captain of the football team. Not that I care."
    In this sentence, the person is emphasizing how little he cares that the girl seems to have found herself a much better boyfriend than he is/was...which probably means he is feeling pretty inadequate and second-rate!
    Last edited by David L.; 29-Dec-2007 at 14:23.


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    Re: is that a new structure?

    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post
    Not that makes having your house turned upside down and your favourite things stolen any easier to accept.
    oh sorry, there is one mistake in typing. That should be Not that this makes having your house turned upside down and your favourite things stolen any easier to accept.

    Oh I see your explaination. Thank you very much!
    Last edited by chibi; 29-Dec-2007 at 15:31.

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