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    it or there

    What a terrible climate it is in this country!

    I think 'it' should be used, but I'm not sure. Please confirm.

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    Re: it or there

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    What a terrible climate it is in this country!

    I think 'it' should be used, but I'm not sure. Please confirm.
    I would use 'there'.


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    Re: it or there

    Why?

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    Re: it or there

    'What a terrible smell there is in this room'. Not, 'What a terrible smell it is in this room.'
    'It is terribly cold in this room.' Not, 'There is terribly cold in this room.'

    Can you see why Clark.


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    Re: it or there

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'What a terrible smell there is in this room'. Not, 'What a terrible smell it is in this room.'
    'It is terribly cold in this room.' Not, 'There is terribly cold in this room.'

    Can you see why Clark.
    I think so. It depends upon whether you use a noun or an adjective in this position.

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    #6

    Re: it or there

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I think so. It depends upon whether you use a noun or an adjective in this position.


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    Re: it or there

    "What a stink there is in this room. It's coming from that cupboard."

    No adjective.


    and

    What a rotten stinkin' good-for-nothin' day it is today.
    Lots of lovely adjectives.

    Where does that leave us?
    (Think: 'unbounded' , versus 'all pervading, bounded entity'')


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    Re: it or there

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "What a stink there is in this room. It's coming from that cupboard."

    No adjective.


    and

    What a rotten stinkin' good-for-nothin' day it is today.
    Lots of lovely adjectives.

    Where does that leave us?
    (Think: 'unbounded' , versus 'all pervading, bounded entity'')
    It's a sunny day today.
    There were a few sunny days last month.

    When we say 'there+be X (in) Y', Y serves as a container for X. 'A month' can be regarded as a container for 'a few days', but 'today' can't be looked at the same way for 'day', probably, because it is not big enough.

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    #9

    Re: it or there

    Check out the big brain on Clark!

    Good job.

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