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I hate it when you do that.

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I hate it when you do that.

Postby Kellogg » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:30 pm

In "I hate it when you do that," some people classify "when you do that" as an adverbial clause, while others classify "when you do that" as a noun clause that explains the formal object "it."

May I have your comments? Thank you.
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Re: I hate it when you do that.

Postby Alan » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:39 am

Personally I favour the noun clause interprepation since it makes 'it' rather more meaningful, but that is simply a preference. The construction is fundamentally ambiguous!
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