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Results or Results of ?

Postby pdh0224 » Wed Sep 01, 2004 7:22 pm

Dear teacher,

Mr. Steele went on to say that "it's results that matter, and President Bush does not just talk about hope, he stands on a record of putting hope into action for America."


Q : I think "of" is omitted behind of "results". What do you thin k?


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Postby Dixie » Wed Sep 01, 2004 9:44 pm

I don't think so ;)
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Postby Alan » Thu Sep 02, 2004 4:03 am

No, no 'of' is needed here. The sentence means simply 'results (and not other things) matter'.
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Postby pdh0224 » Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:50 am

Alan wrote:No, no 'of' is needed here. The sentence means simply 'results (and not other things) matter'.



Q : Could you show me the structure? I don't understand the meaning and why three words are placed in a row yet.

Mr. Steele went on to say that "it's results that matter, and President Bush does not just talk about hope, he stands on a record of putting hope into action for America."



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Postby p.patrick » Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:02 am

It's a grammatical structure that you can just remember without grammatical analyse.It is...that.Maybe you'll construe it as a relative clause with that being the relative pron,and the noun before it the antecedent.However,it's not the case.There're generally two ways used by grammarians to construe the structure.First,take the sentence"it is results that matter"for example,that-clause together modifiies the pron"it"but not results,thus,"it"is the antecedent,and "that-clause"is the relative clause.second,some construe the "that"here as "that which",as a result the"it"ahead refers to the whole that-clause construed as i aforementioned.
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Postby Alan » Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:56 am

It is a cleft sentence.

Compare, e.g.

It is Bob that lent me the book.
It is this book that he lent me.
etc. etc.

Surely you are familiar with this kind of sentence pattern!!
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Postby pdh0224 » Sat Sep 04, 2004 1:05 pm

Alan wrote:It is a cleft sentence.

Compare, e.g.

It is Bob that lent me the book.
It is this book that he lent me.
etc. etc.

Surely you are familiar with this kind of sentence pattern!!


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it's results(S) that matter(V)

=> results are important.

Is that right?
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Postby Alan » Sun Sep 05, 2004 11:00 pm

Right!
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