## poniedziałek, 28 stycznia 2013

### It was vs There was, go out from vs leave

It's been very busy here at Editing Perfection lately, so we've had no time for blog entries.  Today, though, let's take a few moments to look at these small but important items:

It was so much snow that I couldn't go out from the house.

This sentence is clear and easy to understand, but it includes two common errors.  The first one is:

It was so much snow.

True, we usually start weather expressions with It.  For example, we say:

It's snowing.  It's raining.  It's sunny.

But in this particular case, we'd say:

There was so much snow

meaning on the ground or on the property, just as we would say:

There was so much garbage or There was so much mud

using the construction There is ... , there are ... , there was ... , there were ... , etc.

The second error is using the expression go out from.  I assume this is a direct translation from Polish wyjść z but it doesn't work in English.  Instead of go out from, we usually say leave.  In certain cases, we might say get out of.

There was so much snow that I couldn't leave the house.

or

There was so much snow that I couldn't get out of the house.

Sometimes in informal use we can drop the word that and substitute a comma:

There was so much snow, I couldn't leave the house.