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It is true that smoking is bad. So is it that drinking is bad.

Is this construction possible?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Chenmunka, snailboat, username901345, jimsug, Donaudampfschifffreizeitfahrt May 23 at 7:20

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Your second sentence is wrong, but it looks like there are multiple things that you could have been trying to say there. What link between drinking being bad and smoking being bad are you trying to convey? –  Alexander May 22 at 14:39
    
Yup. But it looks like It is true that smoking is bad. So is it [true] that drinking is bad? It only works as a question. –  jimsug May 22 at 14:39
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@mimsug And you can't ellipt the "true" in your version. The It is construction is used specifically to put "true" into the most emphatic position, so leaving it out sounds very odd. –  StoneyB May 22 at 15:02
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Please use specific question titles. –  snailboat May 22 at 15:04

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So is/does X, meaning X is/does the same, can only be used when X is the subject of a proposition.

Smoking is bad. So is drinking.

But the construction It is true that [Y] represents

[Y] is true.

It is not a "real" subject but a "dummy" subject, only put in so [Y] can be postponed until after true. Consequently it cannot serve as the subject of so is/does X. You have to say:

It is true that smoking is bad. It is also true that drinking is bad.

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