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where it hurts

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:31 am
by azz
a. Where it hurts is my right arm. I don't know why you want to put a bandage around my ankle!
b. My right arms is where it hurts. I don't know why you want to put a bandage around my ankle!

c. In these cases, the neck is where it hurts.
d. The neck is where it hurts in these cases
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Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Many thanks.

Re: where it hurts

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:06 pm
by Phil White
All are acceptable.

Sentence a is known as a "cleft" sentence, specifically a "wh- cleft" or a "pseudo-cleft". These are common when you want to shift the focus of the sentence. In the specific example of sentences a and b, I think that most speakers would prefer another form of cleft sentence: "It is my right arm that hurts".

Your sentence c is an example of something completely different. This is simple "fronting", i.e. putting a particular element at the beginning of a sentence to emphasize it. In your example, it would suggest something like "in these specific cases" or "in these and only these cases", especially if the word "these" is stressed in speech.