HSTAHLKE at GW.BSU.EDU
Thu Jan 18 15:16:47 UTC 2001
Related to this is the nominative absolute construction
, . . . the point being that this is not a finite clause.
I hear fairly often as
The point being is that this is now a finite clause.
where "being" seems to take on a focus function.
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In "The thing is, is it takes too much time," the second
instance of "is" is
the "main verb. The original structure probably is "[What] the
[problem]/thing is, is [that] it takes too much time." Not only
been deleted in the surface structure, but so has"what".
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