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The 'pity' group
These nouns indicate that someone thinks of a situation as being bad or shocking in some way.
crime disappointment disaster disgrace farce misfortune mistake outrage pity scandal shame shock tragedy travesty worry
It is a disaster that a once-thriving industry has been decimated and reduced to zero.
It is a national disgrace that standards of English have been allowed to fall.
'It is a pity that we have to meet under such tragic circumstances,' he told her.
It is a scandal that charities like ours are being left out when the Government is making so much money.
It is a shame that the world has not had a chance to see me play.
There is one noun, nonsense, which is used without a determiner. This pattern is it v-link N that.
It is nonsense that a habit everyone knows kills people is still permitted in hospitals where the victims of smoking are treated.