1

"We must tell more people how important rainforests are so what they will stop doing harm to them."

I can't understand the role of are in this sentence, can it be removed?

6
  • 1
    Where is that quote from? The "what" should be "that". And I think "doing harm to" sounds a little wonky as well.
    – Joachim
    Mar 6 at 16:24
  • An English exercise set from China, there may be some differences in the details of words used by non-native teachers compared with native English speakers. Although they didn't notice it themselves. So what word is better to use instead of harm? Why do you use that instead of what? Thanks Mar 6 at 17:18
  • The sentence has an error in it, and a missing comma. It should be ""We must tell more people how important rainforests are, so that they will stop doing harm to them." So it basically says that rainforests are important. Does this help?
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 6 at 19:30
  • Thanks Billy,I understand your interpretation. Mar 7 at 1:42
  • @BillyKerr I don’t believe that there should be a comma before “so” in this case? Mar 7 at 6:25

2 Answers 2

2

You cannot leave out 'are'.

Assertive: Rainforests are very important.

Exclamatory: How important rainforests are!

(Assertive: The bird is very beautiful.

Exclamatory: How beautiful the bird is!)

2
  • 1
    This is not an exclamatory use: it is an embedded question, which does not invert the subject and verb: How did he know? (inverted) vs I asked him how he knew. (not inverted). Similarly How important are rainforests? (inverted) vs We must tell more people how important rainforests are (not inverted).
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 6 at 21:58
  • Thanks Colin,I understand what you mean, thank you very much. Mar 6 at 23:47
1

As other people have mentioned in comments, the original sentence is incorrect. This would be correct:

We must tell more people how important rainforests are so that they will stop doing harm to them.

The verb "tell" takes both an indirect object ("more people") and a direct object. The DO is a nominal clause: "how important rainforests are". Within that clause, "how important" is the predicate adjective, "rainforests" is the subject, and "are" is the simple predicate. Because a nominal clause requires a simple predicate, "are" can not be removed.

1
  • 1
    Thank you ,I think your answer is what I most want to know Mar 7 at 11:50

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .