English major?

Discussion in 'Writing' started by JBeukema, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. JBeukema
    Offline

    JBeukema BANNED

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    25,613
    Thanks Received:
    1,703
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    everywhere and nowhere
    Ratings:
    +1,705
    'it is raining outside'

    What does 'it' refer to? What is 'it'? I mean.. what the hell does that pronoun stand in for? WHAT is raining outside?
     
  2. Zoom-boing
    Offline

    Zoom-boing Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    25,064
    Thanks Received:
    7,260
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Location:
    East Japip
    Ratings:
    +10,123
    In your sentence, 'it' refers to the weather.

    What is a Pronoun?

    Oddly enough, it really is raining outside here!
     
  3. xotoxi
    Offline

    xotoxi Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    30,322
    Thanks Received:
    5,203
    Trophy Points:
    1,110
    Location:
    your mother
    Ratings:
    +5,492

    How about this one:

    "It was raining outside."

    This doesn't give me any useful information. What the fuck is it doing now? Do I still need a raincoat? Should I throw on my galoshes?
     
  4. Zoom-boing
    Offline

    Zoom-boing Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    25,064
    Thanks Received:
    7,260
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Location:
    East Japip
    Ratings:
    +10,123
    X - if it was raining it's implied that it no longer is raining. But don't take my word for it . . . just look out the window.
     
  5. JBeukema
    Offline

    JBeukema BANNED

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    25,613
    Thanks Received:
    1,703
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    everywhere and nowhere
    Ratings:
    +1,705
    The weather is raining? So raining is an action that the noun 'the weather' performs?

    I wonder is other languages seem this odd to people who speak them
     
  6. strollingbones
    Offline

    strollingbones Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Messages:
    65,657
    Thanks Received:
    15,626
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    chicken farm
    Ratings:
    +31,971
    it is a noun....is is the verb...raining is direct object and outside is the direct adjective...

    it is raining outside

    close as i could come to diagramming the damn thing
     
  7. DamnYankee
    Offline

    DamnYankee No Neg Policy

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,516
    Thanks Received:
    441
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +441
    "It" is what it is doing outside, which, in your example, is raining. Does that help?

    Oh, and as far as the oddity of other languages, using Spanish as an example, one must remember that nouns have either feminine or masculine forms of the word, and you'd best remember which one to use!
     
  8. JW Frogen
    Offline

    JW Frogen Gold Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Messages:
    6,165
    Thanks Received:
    1,167
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Ratings:
    +1,206
    I majored in English, and English minored me.

    Hit the road grammar, don’t you come back no more.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  9. JBeukema
    Offline

    JBeukema BANNED

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    25,613
    Thanks Received:
    1,703
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    everywhere and nowhere
    Ratings:
    +1,705
    So raining is the state of being, then?

    it just seems bizarre to me still





    If I recall, English is one of the few languages lacking a gender-neutral second-person personal pronoun
     
  10. Zoom-boing
    Offline

    Zoom-boing Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    25,064
    Thanks Received:
    7,260
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Location:
    East Japip
    Ratings:
    +10,123
    It is no longer raining outside.
     

Share This Page