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What's all about the washing fish Options
Joe Kim
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:08:45 PM

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There is a tv show talking about washing fish. After the show is finished, a person askes another :

What's all about the washing fish?

Is this question correct? Or would you still only just say "what's all about washing fish"?

Or do they mean different?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:40:49 PM

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Hi!

I don't know what the person is trying to ask.

"What's all about . . ." doesn't make sense to me.

If you are asking something about "washing fish" as a general subject, then you would not use an article.

Tell me about history.
Tell me about washing fish.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Joe Kim
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 12:04:44 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Hi!

"What's all about . . ." doesn't make sense to me.



Thank you.

If I say "what's that about..." would this make sense for you? ( Although so far I am puzzled)


Romany
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 6:42:23 AM
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Joe,

Consider "What is?". We use it to preface a noun or noun phrase: "What is a velodrome?" "What is the southernmost town in UK?"

Saying "What is about" or "what is all about..." has no grammatical underpinning.

You may have heard "What's this washing of the fish about?" "What's the thing about washing fish?", or "What's all this about washing fish?; but "What is all about...?" simply doesn't make sense in English. It's missing a few words.
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