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    paraphrase

    Hi,

    I read the following sentence in a book. I find the transition from the clause ‘it is…chance’ to ‘which one of ....first’a bit difficult to understand and replicate in other sentences. How can I paraphrase this sentence without removing the clause ‘ it is …chance’

    If they each phone her at 4pm, it is a 50-50 chance which one of them gets through to her first.

    Thanks,

    MG.


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    Re: paraphrase

    You have to read "which one" as meaning "who" = If they each phone her at 4pm, it is a 50-50 chance who will get through to her first.

    "Which" here is a pronoun
    asking for information specifying one or more people or things from a definite set

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    Re: paraphrase

    Anglika,

    Thanks. However my confusion is not due to 'which one' phrase, but due to 'it is' phrase. Generally an empty 'it' clauses is followed by a clarifying clause. For example, it is hard to predict who will come first. Here the 'who will come first' phrase answers 'what is hard to predict'. I am not able to make such a link in the earlier sentence.

    I hope I am able to explain my question.

    Thanks,

    MG.


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    Re: paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Anglika,

    Thanks. However my confusion is not due to 'which one' phrase, but due to 'it is' phrase. Generally an empty 'it' clauses is followed by a clarifying clause. For example, it is hard to predict who will come first. Here the 'who will come first' phrase answers 'what is hard to predict'. I am not able to make such a link in the earlier sentence.

    I hope I am able to explain my question.

    Thanks,

    MG.


    If they each phone her at 4pm, it is [a 50-50 chance] {which one of them gets through to her first}.



    To replicate the structure, how about these sentences?

    If she rings him today, it is pure chance that he answers the phone.

    When the teacher comments that his class is very noisy, it is a fact which no-one can deny.

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