One man in the audience shouted: ‘You're talking about a man's life, Billy’ but the comic reportedly responded with a four-letter expletive .
‘There’ is used as the subject of an existential sentence in standard English while it is used in most other situations in which a ‘dummy’ or expletive subject is necessary.
Finally, both the antecedent of PRO and PRO itself have to be an argument and cannot be an expletive .
I think people don't use ‘it’ for exactly that reason Todd - it's so often an expletive or a dummy pronoun that it would get confusing.
Icelandic takes the non-referential property of quasi-argumental null subjects as basic, therefore quasi-argumental null subjects in the language can be interpreted as basically expletive .
A-positions are not necessarily assigned a theta role: The subject position may be occupied by an expletive element.
While a police captain barked orders through a bullhorn, an angry crowd of 3,000 people shouted back expletives .
He had had enough and a stream of expletives raced through his mind as he raced back towards the rest of his band.
She let out a long string of oaths and expletives , carefully picking herself up from the floor.
Stunned, the CEO let loose a stream of expletives and walked out.