[Ads-l] Is this what it seems?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 8 12:43:53 UTC 2015


I take it to be "it's" substituting for "there's" - heard daily in
Southern-origin speech.

JL

On Sat, Aug 8, 2015 at 8:34 AM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at ameritech.net> wrote:

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> I take it to be a copula-less cleft construction: "It's only women
> [that/who are] in the shop."
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> Neal
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> On 8/7/2015 11:01 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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> > "Valentine=E2=80=99s Day is one of the few times of the year when most
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> > customers are male. Usually,_it's_ only women in the shop..."
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> > http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/10/learning-to-speak-lingerie
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> > Not "... there are/there're/there is/there's only women ..."?
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> > All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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