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I was told that this is correct:

What day will it be tomorrow?

Do you consider this wrong

"What day will be tomorrow?"

If it's wrong without "it", why do we not need "it" here?

What man will come tomorrow?

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What day will it be tomorrow?

When "be" is a linking verb(copula), it needs a subject and a complement

It will be fine tomorrow. Will it be fine tomorrow? What day it will be tomorrow. What day will it be tomorrow?

What man will come tomorrow?

"come" is intransitive, so you don't need "it"(A man comes here; not a man comes it here)

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  • "When "be" is a linking verb(copula), it needs a subject and a complement" OK. But why is it not needed here? "What day is today?"
    – user1425
    Commented Jan 3, 2021 at 4:45
  • "today" is both "adverb" and "noun", today is a noun in "What day is today?" and is being used as a subject. See: What is your favorite food? 'What' is an interrogative pronoun and 'your favorite food' is a noun. In questons, verb comes first.
    – gomadeng
    Commented Jun 29, 2023 at 20:24
  • I still don't understand your point. Day is a noun in both "What day will it be tomorrow?" "What day is today?" But IT is left out in the second. I still don't understand why.
    – user1425
    Commented Jun 30, 2023 at 6:30
  • 'Today is what day.' is a declarative sentence, that is, it's not an interrogative sentence. As you see, 'Today' is a subject in this case. And if we make this sentence a question form(an interrogative sentence), 'is' should come first (subject-verb inversion) — Is today what day? However, the 'what' which includes also 'day' must come to the head of an interrogative sentence to make it a question form sentence: What day is today? If you add 'it' in this sentence — "What day is it today?"— , today acts like an adverb and the 'it' acts like a 'formal subject'; ex) It's cold.
    – gomadeng
    Commented Jun 30, 2023 at 6:50
  • What day is today? and What day is it today? are both correct. But why is it that "What day will be tomorrow?" is wrong?
    – user1425
    Commented Jun 30, 2023 at 8:48

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