De que es bonito

Here’s a neat formula that I’ve heard in speech but have never seen described in a textbook.

Begin with de que, add a clausal complement and then repeat that complement. This formula is used to concede a point while immediately reducing or dismissing its relevance.

  • De que está cerca, está cerca. I admit it’s nearby, but even so, we don’t have time to go there.
  • De que es pendejo, es pendejo. Oh, I don’t deny he’s an asshole, but there are worse things.
  • De que es puto, es puto. Sure, he’s a fag, but who cares? It’s no skin off my back.
  • De que me divorcio, me divorcio. That I’m getting divorced is not in doubt. But we’re still in the process of working out the details. It hasn’t been finalized yet.
  • De que es bonito, es bonito. Yeah, it’s an attractive location, as you say. However, it has some disadvantages (which I’m about to mention).
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