I've seen many times sentences like this:

The telephone it's blue.

Which, I find it redundant since telephone already implies "it", and "is" should be enough, but I've seen it so many times I needed to ask.

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    It's reasonably legitimate if you insert a comma.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 20:42
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    With a comma, your sentence would be an example of left dislocation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dislocation_(syntax)
    – pablopaul
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 20:53
  • That is a typical French structure: L'état, c'est moi. There's a difference between written sentences and speech. How come that's not an obvious thing?
    – Lambie
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 21:41
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    The vase is red. The candlesticks are red. The model ship is red. But the telephone – it's blue. Commented May 28, 2018 at 22:34
  • It's an example of left dislocation, like in "This little girl, the dog bit her" Commented May 29, 2018 at 13:01

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As pablopaul says, this is left dislocation, and emphasises the telephone. You would need the comma before "it's". This use would only occur in conversational cases and is not recommended in formal written English.


More context here would be appreciated. As it stands without context, no, it does not work. If you're wanting to say that blue is its color, you would say that "the telephone is blue".

If somebody says "The telephone", but then wants to elaborate that it's blue (perhaps to differentiate it from other phones), then you can use an em dash or a semicolon. "The telephone — it's blue", or "The telephone; it's blue".

For other contexts, you could write "The telephone, which is blue, is over there", or "The telephone (the blue one) is over there". In that last example, those parentheses could be replaced with em dashes.

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    can we write "The telephone, it's blue"? Commented May 28, 2018 at 20:42

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