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Maven #169158 07/12/07 04:53 PM
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I'll buy that.

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I'm with Maven on that one.

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I agree: I am [what's wrong with the world].

nancyk #169170 07/13/07 12:16 AM
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Which is basically what I was saying.

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Okay, I got two more.

1. One of the thousands of names with which Kabbalists refer to God is the "I Am", or the Great, "I Am that I Am" (granted, this is a noun phrase, however...)

2. A conceptual artist in the 1970s (whose name eludes me) was known for his producing various sculptures of the three letters I AM. This was what art for him was... a primitive, primordial affirmation of existence.



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I'm not saying that there aren't times when the simple <subj> <verb to be> is used. It's just got to be a very special case. The standard way of handling the situation is with a <there> <to be> <noun phrase> construction. E.g., "There was a Charles Darwin."

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Originally Posted By: wsieber
Because people nowadays refuse to be succinct like Descartes with his cogito ergo sum - or by the way, Shakespeare's to be or not to be..


This thread, doc, is better described as Much Ado About Nothing.

What is a predicate? A "predicate" is a word construction that aids in understanding syntax. Period. End-of-story. Finis.

What? You all think otherwize?

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Originally Posted By: themilum
A "predicate" is a word construction that aids in understanding syntax.


Well, that certainly narrows it down.

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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: themilum
A "predicate" is a word construction that aids in understanding syntax.


Well, that certainly narrows it down.


How snide. Answer the point!

Do you really think that there is a silly-butt "predicate" that somehow determines how we should speak so as to more accurately transmit information about our doings within our environment?

Well then! I have four acres of mountainside to sell where you can build a nice swanp and then collect lots and lots of wetland money from your yippie-dippie-hippie Government.

Strange days indeed.

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Hydra #169202 07/14/07 03:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: Hydra

2. A conceptual artist in the 1970s (whose name eludes me)


Colin Mcahon? Also a painter. A kiwi bloke.

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