That's graduation sorted.

Context: Speakers talk about the way they want to organise their graduation ceremony and finally find the perfect solution for that.

Even though I get the gist, I don't quite understand the pattern of this sentence or is it an example of some kind of idiom?

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The grammar is not complex

A pronoun "that" is the subject. This refers to actions of the textual/spoken context. The speaker has just "sorted graduation". They refer to the actions that they have taken as "that".

Then the complement has a passive particle "sorted".

The overall mean could be "We have sorted graduation, and you can see that."

  • It might not be obvious to the questioner that 's is the copula "is".
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Feb 6, 2023 at 0:01
  • Am I correct saying it is just a type of grammar called "causative"? Commented Feb 6, 2023 at 3:29
  • No. English forms causative expressions with a verb like "make". : I made him do it.
    – James K
    Commented Feb 6, 2023 at 6:19
  • The sentence is "that's graduation sorted," not "that graduation's sorted." The question is why the subject ("that...graduation") appears to be split between the passive auxiliary ("is") and the main verb ("sorted"). To me it just sounds like a mistake.
    – alphabet
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 6:07
  • It's not a passive auxilliary. It is just the normal linking verb "is" in an SVC sentence, the only difficulty is the participle "sorted". You could create similar sentences "That is the apple eaten"
    – James K
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 6:55

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