"Today is very hot"



Is it grammatical (and acceptable) to say "Today is very hot"? Or do I have to say "It is very hot today"?

Posted 25 December 2001

Both sentences are grammatically perfect. It is, however, the usual thing to say:

"It's very hot today."

In this sentence, today is an adverb.

In your other sentence, "Today is very hot," today is a noun and is the subject of the sentence. You might use this sentence in a conversation like this:

Person A: The weather has been so hot lately. Particularly yesterday. Yesterday was very hot.

Person B: No, today is very hot. The temperature is at a record high today.

This kind of conversation is not very likely, but it is possible.

So, in answer to your question - for most conversations, it's appropriate to say:

"It is / It's very hot today."

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