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    #1

    It's nor sure it will rain tomorrow.

    What is wrong with this sentence?

    My claim is that there is nothing wrong with saying:

    It is not sure....
    Like in:

    They said it was going to rain, but that is not sure, it's not sure it is going to rain.

    It does sound off sorta, jeje, but why is it wrong?

    Why should it have to be I'm not sure?


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    Re: It's nor sure it will rain tomorrow.

    They said it was going to rain, but that is not sure, it's not sure it is going to rain.

    it's not sure it is going to rain.

    You have two occurrences of the impersonal pronoun 'it' in the sentence:

    "It is going to rain." Here, 'it' is being used in the normal subject position in statements about time, distance, or weather.

    So, when you write, it's not sure...

    we come back to the issue, who or what is the 'it' that has the higher intellectual judgment to weigh up factors, reason, and express a possibility?
    A dog or cat? as in "it's raining cats and dogs." and they may not feel like participating in this particular downpour, thank you very much
    If man, woman, or meteorologist, why are they referred to by the inanimate pronoun instead of 'he' or 'she'?

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    Re: It's nor sure it will rain tomorrow.

    it= the fact that

    It is not sure = the fact whether it is going to rain or not....


    Actually we say: It's going to rain tomorrow.

    So this statement might be true or not: it is not sure it is going to rain, it is surely going to rain-

    Why not??


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    Re: It's nor sure it will rain tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    it= the fact that

    It is not sure = the fact whether it is going to rain or not....


    Actually we say: It's going to rain tomorrow.

    So this statement might be true or not: it is not sure it is going to rain, it is surely going to rain-

    Why not??
    It looks 'sure' has certain restrictions. It can't be used with an impersonal subject, unlike 'obvious', 'doubtless', etc.

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    Re: It's nor sure it will rain tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    It seems that 'sure' has certain restrictions. It can't be used with an impersonal subject, unlike 'obvious', 'doubtless', etc.
    That is a very logical answer, Clark

    Then the answer to that clue might have been: it's nor certain that it will rain tomorrow.

    Is the tense correct here? Can one also use "going to rain".


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    Re: It's nor sure it will rain tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    That is a very logical answer, Clark

    Then the answer to that clue might have been: it's nor certain that it will rain tomorrow.

    Is the tense correct here? Can one also use "going to rain".
    It is certain that it rained there yesterday. - looks like a sound sentence to me.

    It is certain that it will rain there tomorrow. - grammatically correct but sounds a bit odd. I doubt if you can predict rain with such certainty.

    It is certain that the economic situation will be worse in half a year. - absolutely correct.

    It will rain vs. It's going to rain
    'It will rain' - the prediction is based on knowledge, experience: Rains are quite common here in this time of year. It's been raining for the past 10 days. I think it will rain tomorrow as well.
    'It's going to rain' - the prediction is based on current evidence: Look at those gray clouds. It's going to rain.

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