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This だ is a copula. It's a plain form of the copula - copula has similar forms as verbs. You may know its polite form as well - です (warning though - です is not only a copula, it may also be just a marker of polite speech level). それはとってもいい話です。 is the polite version of the same sentence. Copula doesn't really act on the noun, rather it links the subject それ ...


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To answer your question specifically: それはとってもいい[話]{はなし}だ。 That, very good story is. If you did not have the だ at the end, its not quite clear if you have finished your sentence or what you are saying about the phrase "thats a good story". If you are stating it as a fact then you can say です or だ or just end with nothing. If its just something you think then ...


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As noel_lapin mostly answered, this form of sentence does not assume any implicit question. I don't know the grammatical classification that describes this use, but "もらうのだった" has a sense of repeated occurrences that became customary, that they have always done so, not just in this particular occasion. It is a particularly common form of speech for old story ...



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