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Hello, I have a question concerning these two questions:

1. What day is IT today? VS What day is today? I have seen both versions written. What's the difference? I am getting confused by the "it" in the first question. Syntactically speaking, What's the difference?


2. If you can say: "What day was IT yesterday?", can you say, "What day is IT tomorrow?" Once again, it is the "IT" that triggers my question.


Please enlighten me.

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In the affirmative you have these choices:

1a) Today is Monday.
2a) It's Monday (today).

So with this kind of statement, you can use "a dummy it" or not.


The questions correspond to the statements, thus:

1b) What day is today?
2b) What day is it (today)?


The tense can change, but that doesn't change the two basic patterns.

1c) What day will tomorrow be?
2c) What day will it be tomorrow?

1d) What day was yesterday?
2d) What day was it yesterday?


Personally, I use mostly the ones with "it".

CJ

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apatzinguense1. What day is IT today? VS What day is today? I have seen both versions written. What's the difference? I am getting confused by the "it" in the first question. Syntactically speaking, What's the difference?

That's English for you. People say what they say. That "it" finds its way into a lot of mentions of days. You can ask, and usually would, "What day is it?" "Today" is understood, and you get the answer "It's Monday." That is the dummy "it", like the one in "Is it raining?" And that is the "it" you see in the rest of your examples.

On the other hand, another answer to "What day is it?" is "Today is Monday." That identity is what you see in "What day is today?"

apatzinguense2. If you can say: "What day was IT yesterday?", can you say, "What day is IT tomorrow?" Once again, it is the "IT" that triggers my question.

Interesting. You can't say "What day was yesterday?" It would be awkward, anyway. But you can say "What day was it yesterday?" It's an odd question if you know your days of the week.

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Thanks, CalifJim.