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    Usage of colon and that vs expletive it

    That educators have not anticipated the impact of microcomuputer technology can hardly be said that it is their fault :Alvin Toffler, one of the most prominent students of the future, did not even mnetion microscomputers in Future shock, published in 1970

    A. That educators have not anticipated the impact of microcomuputer technology can hardly be said that it is their fault

    B. That educators have not anticipated the impact of microcomputer techhnology can hardly be said to be at fault.

    C. It can hardly be said that educators are at fault for not anticipating the impact of the microcomputer technology.


    C is preferred to B here. Why is it so? I found B to be ok.

    please explain

    Thanks in advance.. :)

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    Re: Usage of colon and that vs expletive it

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    That educators have not anticipated the impact of microcomuputer technology can hardly be said that it is their fault :Alvin Toffler, one of the most prominent students of the future, did not even mnetion microscomputers in Future shock, published in 1970

    C is preferred to B here. Why is it so? I found B to be ok.
    A. That educators have not anticipated the impact of microcomuputer technology can hardly be said that it is their fault

    B. That educators have not anticipated the impact of microcomputer technology WHO / WHAT can hardly be said to be at fault.
    [this construction only works if you have a subject to go with it]

    like
    [BBC]
    "It can be said that the world's worst nuclear power plant disaster is not as destructive to wildlife populations as are normal human activities."
    or
    [BBC]
    At the same time, however, if people seek advice on how to protect their assets then they can be said to be placing themselves within the scope of the deprivation provisions.


    C. (MC)It can hardly be said [SC]that educators are at fault for not anticipating the impact of the microcomputer technology.


    That's why only C) works.
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    Re: Usage of colon and that vs expletive it

    Can you please elaborate on the usage of colon? The subsequent part of the colon needs a complete sentence? To paraphrase my weirdly asked question, what should be the nature and behavior of the part following colon?


    thanks in advance:)

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    Re: Usage of colon and that vs expletive it

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Can you please elaborate on the usage of colon? The subsequent part of the colon needs a complete sentence? To paraphrase my weirdly asked question, what should be the nature and behavior of the part following colon?


    thanks in advance:)
    It's not always necessary for a sentence to follow a colon. Have a look here:

    Punctuation Made Simple: Guide to the Colon
    Colon punctuation: Encyclopedia - Colon punctuation
    Colon (punctuation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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