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“It was God punishing the people who did bad things.” "It is sb doing" is this pattern correct? “It was God punishing the people who did bad things.” Or should I say "It was God that was punishing the people..."? I somehow remember there is such kind of grammatical phenomenon that "that" can be omitted in some sentences. But I'm not sure. Could you tell me is te first sentence correct? Or if it is correct, could you tell me the name of this grammatical phenomenon? Thank you in advance!
Jul 2, 2015 7:28 AM
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It is correct, and it's also quite common. For example, in the following conversation: What's that horrible noise? It's me practising the violin.
July 2, 2015
The first sentence has two possible meanings, depending on where you put the punctuation. “It was God, punishing the people who did bad things.” This could be said in response to, say an earthquake or plague. The speaker would be saying - it (the bad thing that happened) was a punishment from God. If the sentence is said without the comma and an emphasis on GOD, then it means the same as the second sentence. It was God that was punishing the people (as opposed to any other entity). I don't know if that answers your question??
July 2, 2015
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