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    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    Then it was that (that refers to what has described) Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.

    I think this is an emphatic structure: It is....that
    But in the above sentence "that" is missing. My questions are: Is this an emphatic sentence? If it is does it mean "that" can be omitted?

    No.2
    They were rich with people and places.
    I can't find the phrase "to be rich with" in the dictionaries. Could you please explain the meaning of it?

    No.3
    You have too much catching up to do. I can't find "catching up" in my dictionaries. Should it be regarded as one word meaning "something"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: emphatic sentence and rich with

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    Then it was that (that refers to what has described) Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.

    I think this is an emphatic structure: It is....that
    But in the above sentence "that" is missing. My questions are: Is this an emphatic sentence? If it is does it mean "that" can be omitted?

    It was then [that] Lottie...

    It could be omitted but loses the specificity of Lottie's knowing something.

    No.2
    They were rich with people and places.
    I can't find the phrase "to be rich with" in the dictionaries. Could you please explain the meaning of it?

    Their knowledge of many people and places makes them richer in character.

    The normal collocation would be "rich in"



    No.3
    You have too much catching up to do. I can't find "catching up" in my dictionaries. Should it be regarded as one word meaning "something"?

    No - in this context, to catch up with someone means finding out what they and you have been doing since you both last met.


    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: emphatic sentence and rich with

    Hi jiang

    No.1 that is hidden here; it functions as a conjuction
    Ex: Then it was that (that) Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.
    No.2 rich with means to have in abundance; e.g., rich with friends
    Ex: They were rich with people and places.
    No.3 catch up means to bring (another) up to date; brief;e.g., Let me catch you up on all the gossip.
    Ex: You have too much catching up to do.

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    Re: emphatic sentence and rich with

    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I'd like to make sure I don't misunderstand you.

    No. 1
    It could be omitted but loses the specificity of Lottie's knowing something.
    "specificity": Does it mean by omitting "that' we don't know exactly what Lottie knew?

    No.2
    I understand it.

    No.3
    No - in this context, to catch up with someone means finding out what they and you have been doing since you both last met.

    I don't understand this explanation.
    In "to catch up with someone" "catch up " is a verbal phrase. But in my sentece it is a noun or noun phrase that is the subject of "do'. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: emphatic sentence and rich with

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I am trying to make sure that I understand you.

    No.1
    This should be the structure "It is you that I have been looking for". And in my sentence "that' is hidden.

    No.2
    I understand it. And I can replace "with " with "in" according to Anglika.

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    Hi jiang


    No.1 that is hidden here; it functions as a conjuction
    Ex: Then it was that (that) Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.

    No.2 rich with means to have in abundance; e.g., rich with friends
    Ex: They were rich with people and places.
    No.3 catch up means to bring (another) up to date; brief;e.g., Let me catch you up on all the gossip.

    Ex: You have too much catching up to do.

    No.3
    I have problem understanding it. I think "catching up" is the object of "to do". So it must be something. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Hi jiang


    Ex: It is you (that) I have been looking for.
    => I have been looking for you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I'd like to make sure I don't misunderstand you.

    No. 1
    It could be omitted but loses the specificity of Lottie's knowing something.
    "specificity": Does it mean by omitting "that' we don't know exactly what Lottie knew? No - I think what I am trying to say is that (as you suggest) it emphasises her knowing. It is, as Soup indicates, a conjunction, often omitted, introducing information

    No.1
    Then it was [that] Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.

    It was at that moment [that] Lottie knew why

    No.2
    I understand it.

    No.3
    No - in this context, to catch up with someone means finding out what they and you have been doing since you both last met.

    I don't understand this explanation.
    In "to catch up with someone" "catch up " is a verbal phrase. But in my sentece it is a noun or noun phrase that is the subject of "do'. Is that right? Yes

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Sorry for confusing you!

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    Re: emphatic sentence and rich with

    No.1 There's ellipsis here:

    Ex: Then it was [because of] that (that) Lottie knew why Bess had made no mention of her finery.

    Replace it with the true subject:

    Ex: Then because of that was why Lottie knew Bess had made no mention of her finery.


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    Re: emphatic sentence and rich with

    Sorry, Anglika. I didn't see you there.

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    Hi,

    Now I see.

    Jiang
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    Hi jiang


    Ex: It is you (that) I have been looking for.
    => I have been looking for you.


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