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|Question:||Whenever I've come across the use of ''that'' being used twice consecutively, it's always bothered me. For example, ''That that is is. That that is not is not. Is that it? It is.'' I recognize the two uses of the word, but I suppose I'm wondering why, linguistically, there wasn't a better vehicle created to handle the redundancy of this word? Does this happen in other languages?|
|Reply:||There IS another word that (:-)) can be used instead of 'that'...and it is 'which'; i.e. That which is not is not...|
|Reply From:||Robert A Papen click here to access email|