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Old 05-26-2008, 03:12 PM   #133
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Originally Posted by nekokami View Post
Not that I know of. But I'm not sure what the equivalent would be in French, anyway.

Try these two sentences:

"It strikes me that there aren't enough cabinets in this kitchen."

"Something strikes me that there aren't enough cabinets in this kitchen."

The use of the word "it" in the first sentence is known as the "pleonastic it." That's a regular feature of English. Very few people (apparently, based on an informal poll of linguistics graduate students in the 1990's) think the second sentence is natural-sounding. It's ok from my point of view, and that exact sentence was uttered by a friend of mine (while looking at the cabinets in his kitchen, naturally). Perhaps I should start an unutterably silly poll to determine what proportion of Mobileread members would allow that sentence as grammatical.

Now, someone can complain and vent that we've thoroughly derailed this thread about complaining and venting....
I know I'm totally bamboozled by grammer, but I can't note anything incorrect in either of the sentences. To be both are equally valid...

How does one derail a thread. Every thread on MR starts off with a purpose and then meanders around like a drunken keyboard until it finds it's true place in the grand scheme...
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