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real or formal subject 'es' "Wer Salz hat, hat auch Chlor; aber es ist als hätte er es nicht: denn nur wenn es chemisch entbunden ist, kann es als Chlor wirken." Is the first 'es' (after 'aber') a real subject, i.e., referring to 'Chlor', or is it only a formal, i.e., an empty, subject?
Aug 8, 2014 9:24 AM
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In this case the first "es" isn't referring to the "Chlor". It's the "occasion" that "it is as...". the second "es" after "hätte er" is referring to the "Chlor" so "Aber es ist, als hätte er das Chlor nicht" (there was btw a comma missing)
August 8, 2014
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