greg~judy wrote:now listen...
we understand "now" and we understand "is"...
Now you listen.
What about the it
, as in: "it is raining"?
The mysterious "it", really -- is it the source of the rain?
now you must listen again dear R~
we know very well exactly what "it" is in this situation...do you?
"it" merely serve as a "place-holder subject" (dummy pronoun) in a sentence with no identifiable actorA dummy pronoun (formally: expletive pronoun or pleonastic pronoun) is a type of pronoun used in non-pro-drop languages, such as English. It is used when a particular verb argument (or preposition) is nonexistent (it could also be unknown, irrelevant, already understood, or otherwise not to be spoken of directly)...
For instance, in the phrase," it is raining now", it is a dummy pronoun, not referring to any agent. Unlike a regular pronoun of English, it cannot be replaced by any noun phrase...
The term dummy pronoun refers to the function of a word in a particular sentence, not a property of individual words
claro, dear R~ ?
"it" (in this context) is a dummy~meaningless~superfluous word
so, we espouse not to use "it" for the sake of clarity~simplicity...
nor do you need "now" - as the suffix "-ing" gives us that (present continuous) verb context.
"will be" raining and "was" raining are also clear, of course, for future and past
so please, next time you must only "is raining"
just tell us this thing - no more is required!
oh, btw R~...
do you have any mud, snow or avalanches yet?
please advise, will we need separate threads?
Nearly 30 people were cut off early Sunday by a mudslide caused by the torrential rains in central and southern Chile, police said.
The mudslide occurred in Farellones, located a few kilometers (miles) from Santiago, the Carabineros militarized police force said.
Snow and heavy rain caused the emergency situation at kilometer 4 in Farellones on the road to a ski resort, police said, adding that all the residents who were cut off are in good condition.
Avalanches, meanwhile, destroyed an unoccupied vehicle in San Jose de Maipo, a city outside Santiago in the lower part of the Andes.
Heavy snow has kept the Los Libertadores border crossing, which links the Chilean city of Los Andes to the Argentine city of Mendoza, closed, police said.
Several ports remain closed as a precaution due to bad weather, but the weather service said the rain should ease Sunday night.
The rains caused power outages and flooding in the Santiago metropolitan area, which is home to 6.4 million people, the national emergency management office said