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    It rained

    "It rained"
    where is the predicate and the argument and what is the thematic role here?


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    Re: It rained

    The subject is "it" and the predicate is "rained," and that's all this native speaker can tell you.

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    Re: It rained

    Quite an interesting question. The usual answer is that "rain" does not assign a thematic role to its superficial grammatical subject "it" (there is no "rainer"). Such pronouns are known as "expletives" - not to be confused with the kind of words that are not accepted on this forum .

    In other words weather verbs like "rain" are usually treated as zero-place predicate with no semantic arguments.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: It rained

    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    Quite an interesting question. The usual answer is that "rain" does not assign a thematic role to its superficial grammatical subject "it" (there is no "rainer"). Such pronouns are known as "expletives" - not to be confused with the kind of words that are not accepted on this forum .

    In other words weather verbs like "rain" are usually treated as zero-place predicate with no semantic arguments.

    Hope this helps.
    Thank you Mr.orangutan

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    Re: It rained

    Quote Originally Posted by gabber View Post
    The subject is "it" and the predicate is "rained," and that's all this native speaker can tell you.
    Thank you Mr.gabber

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