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Are hard to/ It is hard to Hi, guys Could you tell me which of these sentences is right? “10 things that are hard to believe they actually happened” or “10 things that it is hard to believe actually happened”? And “5 things that are hard to believe he actually said” or “5 things that it is hard to believe he actually said”
Jun 22, 2019 1:00 AM
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These kind of statements are often in titles, which can change the grammar acceptability. I will provide them as correct, complete sentences. Words in parentheses are optional. “Here are 10 things that are hard to believe they actually happened” Wrong It should be: “10 things that are hard to believe (that) actually happened.” “10 things that it is hard to believe actually happened” Correct as a title As a complete sentence it could be “Here are 10 things that it is hard to believe actually happened.” “5 things that are hard to believe he actually said” Correct as a title As a complete sentence it could be “Here are 5 things that are hard to believe (that) he actually said” “5 things that it is hard to believe he actually said” Correct as a title As a complete sentence it could be “Here are 5 things that it is hard to believe he actually said” Many people are saying that “10 things that it is hard to believe actually happened” and “5 things that it is hard to believe he actually said” are incorrect. This is not true. You can see that they make more sense when flipped around. “It is hard to believe that these 10 things actually happened” "It is hard to believe he actually said these 5 things."
June 22, 2019
The word 'things' is plural, so you need 'are'. Things are (not things is).
June 22, 2019
Thank you, Joe But in an article, I found this: "9 things IT IS HARD to believe the president of the US said" .... Why can I use "it is hard to believe" here, but I can't say "5 things that it is hard to believe he actually said”?
June 22, 2019
You can say: 10 things that are hard to believe actually happened Or 10 things that are hard to believe that they actually happened The first you one you mentioned is technically correct, but awkward. The second is not correct. Also, “5 things that are hard to believe he actually said” is correct. The next one you mentioned is not correct.
June 22, 2019
Are is grammatically correct. It is Would be wrong in an exam but locally someone might say that for emphasis of something very extreme.
June 22, 2019
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