Grammar Expletives are filler words that in effect reduce the power and impact of a sentence by giving emphasis to empty words. By limiting the presence of grammar expletives, a writer can make his/her writing more concise.
1. It is/ It was/ It had been ( It followed by a form of ‘to be’)
Example: It was her laughter that made me fall in love.
Correction: Her laughter made me fall in love.
Example: It had been on a rainy day that I saw him for the first time.
Correction: I saw him for the first time on a rainy day.
Example: It is inevitable that the water level will rise with the tide.
Correction: The water levels will inevitably rise with the tide.
2. There is/ There are/ There was ( There followed by a form of ‘to be’)
Example: There are likely to be many who will dislike what you do.
Correction: Many are likely to dislike what you do.
Example: There was a big explosion that shook the building and people scampered out like scared cats.
Correction: A big explosion shook the building and people scampered out like scared cats.
Example: There is no place like home.
Correction: No place is like home.
Now try to find whether you have any grammar expletives hiding in you WIP.
Have a great day.
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